The Soul of ’76

dedicationDedicated to Richard Franko Goldman
composerBaker, David N.
instrumentationNew edition

For stage band and jazz-blues-rock ensembles. Commissioned by JCPenney.

"The Soul of 76" is an exciting twelve-minute evocation of the Bicentennial mood in the successive idioms of American jazz, in three sections.


This work is part of The Bicentennial Musical Celebration published by JCPenney in 1975. More information and program notes are available from the original program booklets.

Are there any restrictions?
“No. There are no restrictions attached to this music. Use it when and where and how you wish, without cost or qualification of any kind (and that includes the JCPenney copyright that appears in all the appropriate places)— and in any way that meets your own requirements and the size and composition of your group.”

—JCPenney, About the Celebration, page 4.

performanceJazz performance directed by David Baker, April 4, 1976.
change date2020-08-04