American Flag Believed to have been written in 1755 by British surgeon Dr. Richard Schackburg, Yankee Doodle has become one of the most well known pieces of music in the United States. This document contains the sheet music to Yankee Doodle in both PDF and Sibilius Scorch formats. Parts are available for all common concert band instruments including voice.

 

Once sung by young and old alike, today the song has a more juvenile frame of reference. While we all learn the song in our elementary school music classes, the song is not widely used as it once was. Over the centuries the song has gone through dozens of iterations. The most common we still sing today, however other sets of lyrics have been written by dozens of different people. During the civil war, southerners took the traditionally British song and added several sets of lyrics, many proclaiming the stupidity of their "northern agressors." Many other verses also exist and many are cataloged at Wikipedia.



When Schackburg wrote Yankee Doodle he was no doubt attempting to poke fun at the American colonial forces. Instead of angering the Yankees, instead they adopted the tune as their own, turning it into an unofficial anthem as quickly as 1777. In an ultimate slap in the face, the song was performed in Yorktown during the surrender of British General Cornwallis to American General George Washington. The song once written to poke fun at a renegade nation had come full circle to be accepted as a song of that nation's triumph and joy.

Yankee Doodle is not directly related to the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy , composed in 1942 by Robert Buckner and Edmund Joseph. 

Yankee Doodle - Traditional Patriotic Song

Free Sheet Music For The Traditional Patriotic Song, "Yankee Doodle"

 

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3Yankee Doodle Tuba 2Yankee Doodle Tuba 217.69 KB334 times
4Yankee Doodle Tuba 2Yankee Doodle Tuba 29.5 KB404 times
5Yankee Doodle Tuba 1Yankee Doodle Tuba 117.89 KB353 times
6Yankee Doodle Tuba 1Yankee Doodle Tuba 110.23 KB435 times
7Yankee Doodle Trumpet 2Yankee Doodle Trumpet 217.73 KB353 times
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9Yankee Doodle Trumpet 1Yankee Doodle Trumpet 117.9 KB402 times
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11Yankee Doodle Trombone 2Yankee Doodle Trombone 217.69 KB348 times
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15Yankee Doodle ScoreYankee Doodle Score20.58 KB511 times
16Yankee Doodle ScoreYankee Doodle Score32.42 KB763 times
17Yankee Doodle PercussionYankee Doodle Percussion17.74 KB390 times
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19Yankee Doodle Horn 2Yankee Doodle Horn 217.7 KB346 times
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23Yankee Doodle Flute 2Yankee Doodle Flute 217.69 KB414 times
24Yankee Doodle Flute 2Yankee Doodle Flute 29.2 KB480 times
25Yankee Doodle Flute 1Yankee Doodle Flute 117.84 KB440 times
26Yankee Doodle Flute 1Yankee Doodle Flute 110 KB602 times
27Yankee Doodle Clarinet 2Yankee Doodle Clarinet 217.72 KB360 times
28Yankee Doodle Clarinet 2Yankee Doodle Clarinet 210.87 KB457 times
29Yankee Doodle Clarinet 1Yankee Doodle Clarinet 117.89 KB410 times
30Yankee Doodle Clarinet 1Yankee Doodle Clarinet 111.44 KB510 times
31Yankee Doodle BellsYankee Doodle Bells17.86 KB428 times
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33Yankee Doodle Alto Saxophone 2Yankee Doodle Alto Saxophone 217.7 KB362 times
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The lyrics (words) to some of the various versions of Yankee Doodle :

Brother Ephraim sold his Cow
And bought him a Commission;
And then he went to Canada
To fight for the Nation;


But when Ephraim he came home
He proved an arrant Coward,
He wouldn't fight the Frenchmen there
For fear of being devour'd.

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