Music for Abraham Lincoln: Campaign Songs, Civil War Tunes, Laments for a President

Music for Abraham Lincoln: Campaign Songs, Civil War Tunes, Laments for a President

by Anne Enslow, Ridley Enslow

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School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up

Produced for the 2009 bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, this collection presents 17 songs that were either written for or about Lincoln or have a documented connection with him. Many numbers are from the Library of Congress collection of 19th-century sheet music. The album features a variety of themes, including political and campaign songs ("Honest Old Abe"), dance tunes ("Rail Splitter's Polka" and a mazurka and waltz from the "Lincoln Quadrille"), war songs ("Dixie" and "Battle Cry of Freedom"), hymns ("President's Hymn"), and mourning songs ("Rest, Noble Chieftain"). Most are vocal selections that feature solos and/or multi-part harmonies; there are also five instrumentals. Among the vocalists are Anne and Ridley Enslow. Extensive album notes provide background and lyrics. Many of these piecess are less well known than the selections on Abraham Lincoln in Song (Gin Ridge Music, 2008), but this collection is more musically diverse and the vocal and instrumental arrangements are more complex. Pair the two albums in music classes to contrast the varying music styles of the period, in history classes to show students how period music reflected events, or for student project use. A good choice for middle level and secondary collections.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

Product Details

Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Music for Abraham Lincoln Series
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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