Geting creative with a slow news day, NPR convinced classical music expert Miles Hoffman to create an iPod playlist for Honest Abe in honor of President’s Day.
Hoffman’s picks include:
Friedrich von Flotow: “Ach so fromm” from Martha, a love song from an opera that Lincoln liked.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: The Union, a Fantasy on Patriotic Airs,
Traditional Scottish: “Annie Laurie”
“I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land” (Bob ‘n’ John Minstrels)
If “Dixie” comes as a surprise, Hoffman says it shouldn’t: “It had already been a popular song before the Civil War and came from a minstrel show.”
Lincoln had been quoted as saying, ‘I have always thought “Dixie” one of the best tunes I have ever heard.’ ”
“After the war,” Hoffman adds, “Lincoln is reported to have said, ‘That tune is now federal property, and it is good to show the rebels that, with us in power, they will be free to hear it again.’ ”
Check out the podcast to hear them all.