Music Week In Review Part I: A Portrait of President Lincoln

Music Week In Review Part I: A Portrait of President Lincoln

Seven score and ten years ago this week, President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address (Hey Geography majors: name the place where he gave the address).  If you're a Rock music fan, or an R&B buff, or a student of Hip-Hop, or a Country stalwart (a stalwart has nothing to do with Harry Potter), you may not have ever heard of Aaron Copland.  Copland was one of America's greatest composers (the movie Copland had nothing to do with him).  How does Copland tie into Lincoln?  See below.

Music Week In Review Part I: A Portrait of President Lincoln

(To see Part II of this special Week In Review, go HERE.)

In 1942, before Bill Haley, before Chuck Berry, before West Side Story, Aaron Copland wrote a piece called "Lincoln Portrait."  The piece was written for full orchestra and a narrator orating famous words, many of which were spoken by Lincoln, some of which included The Gettysburg Address.  "Lincoln Portrait" has been narrated by many great voices since its debut, from Gregory Peck to Henry Fonda to Tom Hanks to Katharine Hepburn.

We're going to remember our 16th American President by giving you a few different versions of "Lincoln Portrait."  Which narrator do you like best?  Let us know.

Dave Philp is Assistant Professor of Music Management at William Paterson University and Chief Organizer Guy of YouChoose, a live events music fundraising and social media company that has raised many, many thousands of dollars for non-profit causes. Join the good fight and help change your corner of the world by visiting YouChoose now: http://myyouchoose.com/. To sign up for our email newsletter, click HERE. Mmkay?