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Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen

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James D. Ployhar

Traditional folk song, arranged by James D. Ployhar

General Info

Year: 1956
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Spiritual
Publisher: Byron-Douglas Publications
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen is an African-American spiritual song that originated during the period of slavery but was not published until 1867 as Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Had in 1867 in Slave Songs of the United States with additional verses.

The song is well known and many cover versions of it have been done by artists such as Marian Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Paul Robeson, Sam Cooke among others.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • West Virginia: II


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