The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: From Jefferson to Obama, what do American Presidents sound like? Check out NPR’s recent ambitious project.

April 3, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

What do President Obama’s words sound like when set to  music?

Of JFK’s?

Or Ronald Reagan?

Or FDR?

One of the most interesting classical music projects I have seen in a long time stems from NPR’s blog “Deceptive Cadence.”

It involves asking various composers to write works that portray various American presidents — including historical figures from the 18th and 19th centuries — using their own words.

And it is called “Sing Out, Mr. President.”

A Sunday is good day to check it out and compare the many and various contributions.

Here is a link:

http://www.npr.org/series/133592676/mr-president-npr-music-premieres-new-presidential-songs

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