Imagine you're a young composer having a piece premiered by the Boston Symphony — only to have the mood swing to unbearable tragedy. That's what happened to William Jay Sydeman, whose Study No. 2 premiered immediately before the audience learned of the president's death.
NPR's Melissa Block talks with producer Randall Poster and historian Sean Wilentz about a new collection of music. Poster brought together stars and legends spanning many genres and generations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
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