Title
Midday Thoughts
For
piano
Year Composed
1944
Year Modified
1982 (revised)
ARCO Number(s)
99
Category
Piano Solo
Duration
3'
Premiere
  • New York, February 28th, 1983 (Bennett Lerner)
Dedication
to Bennett Lerner
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published (in Two Piano Pieces (1984))
Arrangements
Midday Thoughts (for chamber ensemble) (arr. David Del Tredici)
Member Of
Buying Options
Boosey & Hawkes
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  • Pianist Bennett Lerner had permission from Copland to search through the boxes of sketches and manuscripts in the composer's house in Peekskill, NY. Lerner came upon a sketch from 1944. After playing it for Copland, Lerner edited it to become Midday Thoughts. The published piece is dedicated to Lerner who was responsible for the first performance and recording.

    Author
    Vivian Perlis
    Year
    1998
  • "The same or similar music" to In Evening Air had earlier appeared in the 1944 piano work Midday Thoughts, in the documentary film score The Cummington Story, and in the Clarinet Concerto, writes biographer Howard Pollack (Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man, p.515). The piece shares its title with a 1964 poem by Theodore Roethke, the last two lines of which are printed at the end of the score (Pollack p.410).

    Year
    2018