3 episodes

Abraham Lincoln was one of America's most unmusical presidents: he could neither play an instrument nor carry a tune. Yet he had a passionate love of the arts—enjoying everything from sentimental ballads to  nonsense songs, from melodrama to opera. This 3-part audio series explores Lincoln’s relationship to the arts of his time.

Abraham Lincoln and Music ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network

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Abraham Lincoln was one of America's most unmusical presidents: he could neither play an instrument nor carry a tune. Yet he had a passionate love of the arts—enjoying everything from sentimental ballads to  nonsense songs, from melodrama to opera. This 3-part audio series explores Lincoln’s relationship to the arts of his time.

    Lincoln and the Theater

    Lincoln and the Theater

    Lincoln attended the theater frequently—opera being a particular favorite. In this final episode in the series, we look at the small plays and full-scale spectacles that caught his imagination and interest.

    • 6 min
    Lincoln and Political Music

    Lincoln and Political Music

    In this second episode, we focus on the political music of Abraham Lincoln’s time—both music created to support the presidential candidates and the music in support—or in protest—of the Civil War.

    • 5 min
    Lincoln and Popular Music

    Lincoln and Popular Music

    Abe Lincoln heard and sang much of the music of his time— popular music like the songs of Stephen Foster, as well as concert music and opera.   In this first of three episodes, we explore the President's love of, and reliance upon, the popular and folk music of the time.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

gibby64 ,

Informative but at times a bit dull

As someone whos father told her that Abraham Licolns favorite song was "Dixie Land," I can appreciate the indepth look at Lincolns true taste in music. The podcast was a bit dull at times, but it fufilled the intended purpose. I listen for the facts, not the entertainment value.

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