The piece was written as the theme of an animated film based on David Wiesner’s children’s book of the same name. The film adaptation of Tuesday was released in 2000, directed by Geoff Dunbar and produced by McCartney.
I liked the idea of extending it, so we’ve used a similar kind of orchestration to ‘A Leaf’, making it into more of an extended suite-like structure with several contrasting episodes. The main theme is dissected and then I work in a number of new ideas.
Working Classical liner notes
‘Tuesday’ and ‘Spiral’ were orchestrated by Richard Rodney Bennett, who had worked with McCartney on Standing Stone. ‘Tuesday’ was recorded at Abbey Road Studios on 10 and 11 October 1998 by the London Symphony Orchestra.