“Serious” music in the United States was long defined solely by the musical traditions of Europe. Gradually, however, the ethnic and cultural diversity of the inhabitants asserted themselves and specifically “American” idioms began to emerge. These range from Samuel Barber’s “Serenade for Strings”, composed when he was only 18, and Aaron Copland’s celebration of the first settlers in his ballet “Appalachian Spring” with its folksong reminiscences to Leonard Bernstein’s exuberant overture to “Candide”. Thomas Hampson, who for many years has so greatly enriched the Frühling both musically and personally, presents a work written for him in 2009 by Michael Daugherty: “Letters from Lincoln”, a musical homage to the famous president and champion of the abolition of slavery.
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Broadcast: 6 April 15 8:03pm Deutschlandradio Kultur