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Best-loved American Folksongs for string quartet or string orchestra - Volume 2

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String Quartet, String Orchestra - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Various. Arranged by Yoel Epstein. Christian, Fourth of July, Patriotic, Old-time, Americana. Score, Set of Parts. 29 pages. Published by Yoel Epstein (S0.79047).

Item Number: S0.79047

I wish you the greatest pleasure playing these arrangements of traditional American folksongs. I have played
these with my quartet at weddings, parties, in bars, in retirement homes, and in my living room just for the fun of it.

Amazing Grace: Written by reprobate sailor John Newton in 1779. Known for his profanity, vulgarity and venery, he was imprisoned, beaten, and enslaved, before he reformed, and became a leading minister and hymn-writer. This is one of the most popular hymns ever written.

She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain: An Afro-American spiritual, probably written in the 1800's, but first published in the 1930's. This remarkable song, about the second coming of Jesus Christ, is rich in comic yet moving lyrics: "She'll be wearing red pyjamas when she comes"; "We'll kill the old red rooster when she comes." Perhaps most remarkable is that this savior is a woman.

Down by the Riverside: This Afro-American gospel song predates the American Civil War. Its strong anti-war message ("I ain't gonna study war no more") made it a standard during the period of the civil rights movement and among the protesters against the Vietnam war in the 1960's and 1970's.

Turkey in the Straw: A classic country fiddle tune dating from the early 1800's. Legend has it that the band on the Titanic played Turkey in the Straw as the ship went down.

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child: This Afro-American spiritual from the days of slavery 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 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 by clicking here ), 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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