Lincoln Portrait

Lincoln statue

In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is Lincoln Portrait by twentieth century American composer Aaron Copland. Listen to the way Copland combines music and Lincoln’s eloquent words to create a monument to the 16th president. Besides the use of popular early American songs like Camptown Races and Springfield Mountain, do you hear anything else in the music that seems distinctly American?

Listen to Copland talk about Lincoln Portrait and get some background on the piece here. You can find a recording on iTunes and Amazon.

Here is a great old recording with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Adlai Stevenson is the narrator:

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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  1. You can hear the Richmond Symphony perform this great piece on Saturday, 13th April as part of a concert, in partnership with the Virginia General Assembly’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.


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