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Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A great American salutes another great American

During World War II, artists in every genre contributed their talents to creating patriotic masterworks. One such artist was the composer Aaron Copland, who was asked to compose a musical portrait of a great American by the conductor Andre Kostelanetz. Originally, Copland wanted to write such a piece about the writer Walt Whitman, but it was encouraged that a political figure was needed. Whose name came up with that suggestion? Abraham Lincoln’s, of course, and thus was born this piece, Lincoln Portrait. Written for a full symphony orchestra and a narrator, Copland uses materials from Lincoln’s letters and historical documents (most notably the Gettysburg Address) and also quotes popular American tunes such as “Camptown Races” and “Springfield Mountain.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz, cond. — Portraits Of Freedom: Music of Aaron Copland and Roy Harris (Delos, 1994)
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Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz, cond. — Portraits Of Freedom: Music of Aaron Copland and Roy Harris (Delos, 1994)
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