1. President Abraham Lincoln loved music. In March of 1864, he sat down with Mary Todd Lincoln in the front row at Willard Hall in Washington to hear an American original: Louis Moreau Gottschalk. “This was not a rhythm that was found anywhere inside the concert hall [in 1850]. Women went wild. He was the Elvis Presley of his day. Phenomenal stuff,” says conductor Richard Rosenberg of Gottschalk, on the latest episode of NPR’s On Point.

  2. In 1942, Aaron Copland composed Lincoln Portrait soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, written to boost spirits during that difficult time. In a new performance produced by NPR Music, hear Lincoln Portrait featuring the U.S. Marine Band and Broadway’s Brian Stokes Mitchell. 
Photo: Alexander Gardner/Library of Congress via Flickr

    In 1942, Aaron Copland composed Lincoln Portrait soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, written to boost spirits during that difficult time. In a new performance produced by NPR Music, hear Lincoln Portrait featuring the U.S. Marine Band and Broadway’s Brian Stokes Mitchell.

    Photo: Alexander Gardner/Library of Congress via Flickr