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.
-Vivian Perlis, 1998