Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Trail of Tears – Info

Trail of Tears is an instrumental composition by contemporary composer Don Rath Jr. A haunting piece reminiscent of music found in the “Last of the Mohicans”.

Trail of Tears – Info

Title – Trail of Tears

AwardTrail of Tears has one placement as a Semi-Finalist in the 2008 UK International Songwriters competition. There were over 6,000 entrants in the Classical Music genre for this contest.

mp3 clipTrail Of Tears

Lyrics – Instrumental


Lyric Credits – Instrumental

Music credits – Don Rath Jr

Producer Credits – Don Rath Jr

Engineering Credits – Don Rath Jr / “Big Al” Allen Wagner

Publisher Credits – StringTunes

Performance Credits – EWQLSO Gold Pro

Label Credits – StringTunes


Track number – 6 on the CD Heart Strings

Short Description

Trail of Tears is my attempt at bringing forward the heartfelt sense of loss and a basic representation of a Native American Indian music style. This sort of reminds me of the music in the 1992 movie starring Daniel Day Lewis called The Last of the Mohicans.

Long description

Chronology – 3/22/06

Duration – 5:00

Time signature – 4/4

Key – G Major

Tempo – Adagio

Number of measures – 48

Instrumentation – Flute, Guitar, Violin, Cello & Tom-Toms


The feeling of loss is one of the human emotions we have all experienced at one time or another. This was my effort at representing a nuance of that emotional state.


Native Americans, the Cherokee People

Story behind the song

This is a very sad song representing the feeling of loss and sorrow. It was created in an attempt to honor and in memory of those Native Americans who lost there lives and their Homeland during the 1830’s when the US Government forced them off their land and moved them in a march across many miles to a reservation against their will. You can read more about the Trail of Tears and the history involved at the Trail of Tears Organization website. Also, PBS has produced a 5 part mini series about Native Americans. Part 3 of the series includes information about the Trail of Tears.

Trail of Tears – Info