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Abraham Lincoln and Music

ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network

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.

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Lincoln and the Theater

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03/08/10 • 6 min

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.
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03/08/10 • 6 min

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Lincoln and Political Music

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03/01/10 • 5 min

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.
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03/01/10 • 5 min

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Lincoln and Popular Music

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02/22/10 • 7 min

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.
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02/22/10 • 7 min

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How many episodes does Abraham Lincoln and Music have?

Abraham Lincoln and Music currently has 3 episodes available.

What is the most popular episode on Abraham Lincoln and Music?

The episode title 'Lincoln and the Theater' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Abraham Lincoln and Music?

The average episode length on Abraham Lincoln and Music is 7 minutes.

How often are episodes of Abraham Lincoln and Music released?

Episodes of Abraham Lincoln and Music are typically released every 7 days, 3 hours.

When was the first episode of Abraham Lincoln and Music?

The first episode of Abraham Lincoln and Music was released on Feb 22, 2010.

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