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Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child for String Quartet

By Traditional

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String Quartet, String Orchestra - Intermediate
Composed by Traditional. Arranged by Yoel Epstein. Spiritual, Blues, Soul Jazz, Old-time, Americana. Score, Set of Parts. 10 pages. Published by Yoel Epstein (S0.95619).

Item Number: S0.95619

Dear fellow musician,

I wish you the greatest pleasure playing this arrangement of one of the greatest Afro-American spirituals of all times. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, from the days of slavery, recalls the tragedy of children sold away from their parents. It is one of the most heartfelt, tragic melodies I have ever heard. It became a blues standard, sung by every great blues artist ever: Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Paul Robeson, Marian Andersen – and endless more.

I have played 
this arrangement with my quartet at weddings, parties, in bars, in retirement homes, and in my living room just for the fun of it. It is one of two sets of arrangements of American folksongs. You might want to purchase the whole collection, here (volume 1) and here (volume 2).

I hope you enjoy playing this as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you enjoy this, you are welcome to try some of my other arrangements. You can see them at I have also arranged three songs from the Holocaust, which I arranged and distribute for free on IMSLP. You can find them at If you need arrangements of any of these songs for special combinations of instruments, feel free to contact me at, and I will try to accommodate.

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