Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait

Abraham LincolnAaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait is on MSO’s programme this Saturday (29th) – Jason Koczur (pic) narrates.JKOCZUR

In the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Copland was commissioned to compose a musical portrait of an “eminent American”. Copland chose Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln served as President from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

Copland’s Lincoln Portrait became part of America’s WW2 war effort in raising patriotic feeling. It contains quotes by Lincoln (including extracts from the Gettysburg Address) and musical “quotes” of traditional American tunes: the C18th ballad “Springfield Mountain” and Stephen Foster’s minstrel song “Camptown Races”.

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