In his reviews concerning Aaron Copland, Rob Barnett almost habitually references the shabby treatment the composer underwent for a short period of 1954 before Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. For instance, in a review of Lincoln Portrait, he asserts it was "... banned for some years when Copland was under the hammer of Senator MacCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee."
I recall several recordings and performances of Lincoln Portrait during the early and mid 1950s. I would be interested if Mr. Barnett can supply a reference to the individual or government agency that issued the ban. He would be more credible on this subject if he were to avoid the frequent gaffe of stating that McCarthy (a Senator, not ever a member of the House of Representatives) was a member of the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
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