I can think of few things more patriotic on this day than listening to Copland’s wonderful Lincoln Portrait, which of course has been recorded many times. I hope you will listen right through this to where the quotes from Lincoln are offered by the composer of the musical piece himself— Aaron Copland.
It’s not about the fireworks and the hot dogs. It’s about the freedom and the democracy, which is under attack from Russia and others these days. God blessed America…. we should continue to hold these truths ‘self-evident’. Doubly appropriate as this year is also the 100th anniversary of the great conductor and composer Bernstein’s birth.