For Americans studying our own history, few subjects have been more examined than the life of
our first president, George Washington. His unique and pivotal role in establishing our national
experiment has made him the source of continuous examination and introspection including:
books, treatises, pamphlets, poetry, articles, cartoons, birthday programs, plays, films and music,
have all contributed to our understanding of his every action and the resulting impact on
American political and social life.
Historical study of Washington-related music has largely been limited to two or three songs: The President's March, Hail Columbia and Yankee Doodle. However, Washington's impact on music actually spans over two centuries, from 1776 to the present. It is the goal of this catalogue to document this large musical legacy with the hope that the knowledge of the music related to Washington will spur additional scholarship and research.