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David Warren Brubeck


David BRUBECK, musician. Award, BMI 1985; Award 1986; Award 1987; Award, National.


Brubeck, David Warren was born on December 6, 1920 in Concord, California, United States. Son of Howard and Elizabeth (Ivey) Brubeck.


Bachelor of Music, University Pacific, 1942. Postgraduate study with Darius Milhaud, Mills College, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Pacific, Fairfield University.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Bridgeport. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Mills College. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Niagara University.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Kalamazoo College. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Duisburg, Germany. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Nottingham, England.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Cleveland Institute Music.


Fellow, Yale University. Composer of 250 jazz pieces and songs. Extended works: Points of Jazz (ballet), Elementals (orchestral), The Light in the Wilderness (oratorio), The Gates of Justice (cantata), Truth Is Fallen (cantata), La Fiesta de la Posada (cantata), They all sang Yankee Doodle (orchestral), Glances (ballet), Beloved Son (oratorio), Tritonis (piece for flute and guitar), Festival Mass: To Hope, Variations on Pange Lingua, The Voice of the Holy Spirit (oratorio) 1985.


  • Other Work

    • Leader Dave Brubeck Octet, Trio and Quartet, since 1946, formed Dave Brubeck Quartet, played colleges, festivals, clubs, symphony orchestras, 1951, 3 month tour Europe and Middle East for United States Department State, followed by tours Australia, Japan, and Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, recordings with Atlantic Record Company, Columbia Record Company, Decca, Horizon, Concord Jazz, Fantasy Records, Music Masters, GRP, Telarc Records, Time Out (1st jazz LP to receive Gold Record). Composer: (ballets) Points on Jazz, Glances, (orchestral) Elementals, They All Sang Yankee Doodle, (flute and guitar) Tritonis, (piano) Reminiscences of the Cattle Country, Four by Four, Chromatic Fantasy Sonata, (oratorios) Beloved Son, The Light in the Wilderness, Voice of the Holy Spirit, (cantatas) Gates of Justice, Truth Is Fallen, La Fiesta de la Posada, (chorus and orchestra) Pange Lingua, Mass: To Hope, I See, Satie, Four New England Pieces, Lenten Triptych, In Praise of Mary, Joy in the Morning, (choral) Earth Is Our Mother, and over 100 jazz compositions including Blue Rondo a la Turk, In Your Own Sweet Way, The Duke.


Member of Phi Mu Alpha.


Married Iola Whitlock, September 21, 1942. Children: David Darius, Michael, Christopher, Catherine, Daniel, Matthew.

Howard Brubeck

Elizabeth (Ivey) Brubeck

Iola Whitlock

David Darius Brubeck

Michael Brubeck

Christopher Brubeck

Catherine Brubeck

Daniel Brubeck

Matthew Brubeck