Day: November 19, 2016

A painful lesson…

Today is the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It’s one of the most famous speeches in American history, not only for brevity of its content, but for the emotion of that content. And for the conveyance of that emotion, specifically, and the emotion of the man, generally, I can’t think of any better example than Leonard Bernstein conducting Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait… with the composer himself performing the narration.