They All Sang Yankee Doodle (1976)

They All Sang Yankee Doodle

1976 | 20 min
Traditional text adapted by Dave Brubeck and Richard Vogt (English)
Dedicated to Charles Ives. Commissioned by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Bicentennial Commission.

SATB chorus
Orchestration: 2+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/43[+]31/perc.timp/

Orchestral Premiere: 1976 by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Erich Kunzel, conductor.
Choral Premiere: February 1978 in Washington, DC, by the Singing Sergeants and the U.S. Air Force Band.

Dedicated to the memory of Charles Ives, Brubeck’s They All Sang Yankee Doodle takes the well-known Revolutionary War tune and weaves it through a series of clever variations. Brubeck commented that “the piece, in a sense, is an autobiography, made up of memories and snatches of tunes imprinted from my early childhood. Yankee Doodle is interwoven with other folk and national melodies to stitch a tapestry, or more precisely, a patchwork, designed to depict American history through combining fragments of popular tunes.”


Solo piano and Two Pianos.
Piano Vocal Score