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.