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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen


Spirituals are sometimes placed in two categories: hardships encountered on earth or rewards expected in heaven. This spiritual exemplifies the former.  In the 20th century, this spritual became well-known due to recordings by Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne. It remains a poignant melody and text with which many early adolescents can empathize.


Melody-part style compositional technique characterizes this arrangement.  The students will learn it quickly because of the melodic nature of each part.  The four-part variable voicing chart indicates how to use the piece with different age groups.


Traditional Spiritual

Arranged by Don L. Collins

Four-part Variable Voicing with Piano

Cambiata Press Catalog #S97320

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