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With Lincoln’s birthday tomorrow, Washington’s
later this month, and Nixon in China
by John Adams at the Metropolitan Opera now (and at the movies this Saturday!),
presidents and music have been on my mind.
Today’s program features music with connections to presidents,
through inaugurations, favorite performers and composers, and music inspired by
various presidents and their office.
Not much time to write before I’m on the radio, but here are
some links to read and hear more (and tune into WV Public Radio from 11am to 3pm
for today’s president-inspired classical music program.)
After an Inauguration, The Stars Come Out to Play (Smithsonian Magazine)
Leonard Bernstein’s Counter-Inaugural
Sing Out, Mr. President: Npr Music Premieres New Presidential Songs (Deceptive Cadence)
I’m sure there are many more connections and details that I
haven’t yet found (including the program for the NSO
concert that Copland conducted for Carter’s inauguration). Let me know in the
comments any presidential music connections that you find.