Poor Wayfaring Stranger (arr. Ployhar)

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James D Ployhar

Arranged by James D Ployhar

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General Info

Year: 1957 / 1960
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Instrumentation (possibly incomplete)

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Wayfaring Stranger (also known as Poor Wayfaring Stranger or I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger), Roud 3339, is a well-known American folk and gospel song likely originating in the early 19th century about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. As with most folk songs, many variations of the lyrics exist and many versions of this song have been published over time by popular singers, often being linked to times of hardship and notable experiences in the singers' lives, such as the case with Burl Ives' autobiography.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Arkansas: I
  • Louisiana: I
  • South Carolina: I


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