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Among Lincoln-inspired musical pieces, modern audiences are likely most familiar with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.  However, a large body of Lincoln music exists beyond that single composition.

Today, we have access to campaign songs, music from the Civil War period, and music written to mourn Lincoln’s assassination.

The Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) Collection of Lincolniana at the Library of Congress includes more than two hundred sheet-music compositions that represent Lincoln and the war as reflected in popular music. The collection spans the years from Lincoln's Presidential campaign in 1859 through the centenary of Lincoln's birth in 1909.

A sampling of the music in that collection includes:

 

Musicians continue to find inspiration from Abraham Lincoln.  The list below features music from modern-day performers: