By Bernadine Johnson
Recital Suite Series
Bernadine Johnson’s Land of Lincoln is a moving musical tribute to the state of Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. The first movement, also titled "Land of Lincoln," conveys the grandeur and the nostalgia of Lincoln’s Farewell Address, given to the citizens of Springfield, Illinois when he left for the White House. It also features a portion of the Illinois state song. "Prairie Morning," the second movement, is a peaceful, unhurried display of life on the prairie. The final movement, "The Windy City," is a blustery portrait of Chicago, a city famous for the breezes from Lake Michigan.