Composition database

This is the Composition Database of BMC, which includes information about works by composers that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary.

Title of the work

Thoughts - by day, by night


Original / Hungarian title
Gondolatok - nappal, éjszaka
Foreign language / English title
Thoughts - by day, by night
Reply to Th.W. Adorno - For soprano solo and symphony orchesta
Year of composition

Symphony orchestra
S. solo - 2 fl. (I, II anche picc.), 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 fg. - 4 cor., 3 tr., 3 trb. - timp., perc. (tmb.picc.c.c., tmb.picc.s.c., gr.c., xylorimba, marimba, vibr., camp., ptti.sosp., ptti., frusta, iron pipes) - 2 arpa, pf., arm. - strings: 14 vl. 1, 12 vl. 2, 10 vla., 8 vlc., 8 cb.
13 min

Movements, parts
1. Imitációk / Imitation
2. Kontasztok / Contrasts

Commissioned by
Hungarian Radio
Premiere information
1972, Hungarian Radio, Budapest; Adrienne Csengery (S.), Budapest Symphony Orchestra, György Lehel (cond.)

1973, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest; Adrienne Csengery (S.), Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Ervin Lukács (cond.)
Publisher / Source
Editio Musica Budapest © 1973, Z. 10140
Available here!
Hungarian Radio, live recording of the premiere, 1972 - Adrienne Csengery (S.), Budapest Symphony Orchestra, György Lehel (cond.)
Remarks, other info
The soprano shoud sit in the orchestra and thus sound from the background