A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief (piano duet)

By: George Coles
For: Piano four hands
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George Coles
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Moderate (Grades 4-6)
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The text to this hymn originated as a poem by James Montgomery, titled, “The Stranger and His Friend.” It was later set to music by George Coles, a New York City preacher, and adopted as a hymn by Christian congregations in the United States and the United Kingdom. John Taylor learned the hymn while serving a mission in England in 1840 and introduced it into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was a favorite hymn of the prophet Joseph Smith, who requested that John Taylor sing it to him in the Carthage Jail before he was martyred. The version he sang was actually set to a different tune that John Taylor wrote himself. This piano duet arrangement is based on the original melody by George Coles. One piano, four hands. Primo and secondo parts are equal in difficulty level. Purchase price is for two copies so you and your duet partner can each have one. 5 pages for each part, or 11 pages for the combined score. The PDF download contains both layouts so you can play from the one you prefer. Performance time: approximately 3:30. Also available as part of the "Piano Duets: The Sacred Collection" songbook.

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