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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States, has inspired many works of literature, art and music.
To celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, the Nashville Symphony, Leonard Slatkin and Naxos have selected eight important works by leading American composers, some setting Lincoln’s own immortal words, some words of poets inspired by him, others based on Lincoln’s life and ideals.
Turok’s Variations on an American Song: Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty is based on a folk tune Lincoln used as a campaign song, Rosin the Bow.
Charles Ives: Lincoln, the Great Commoner
Lincoln, the Great Commoner
Vincent Persichetti: A Lincoln Address, Op. 124
A Lincoln Address, Op. 124
Roy Harris: Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
Ernst Bacon: Ford's Theater
II. Walt Whitman and the Dying Soldier
III. Passing Troops
IV. The Telegraph Fugue (an Etude for Strings - with Timpani)
V. Moonlight on the Savannah
VI. The Theatre
VII. The River Queen
VIII. Premonitions (a duett with a hall clock)
IX. Pennsylvania Avenue, April 9, 1865
X. Good Friday, 1865
XI. The Long Rain
Morton Gould: Lincoln Legend
George Frederick McKay: To a Liberator
II. Choral Scene
Paul Turok: Variations on an American Song: Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty, Op. 20
Variations on an American Song: Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty, Op. 20
Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait
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