Today’s Google Doodle honors black British composer, teacher, and opera vocalist Amanda Aldridge.
Google Doodles generally include a historical figure or noteworthy date. Friday, June 17’s Google image features Aldridge and treble clefs.
Aldridge is a composer who goes by the name Montague Ring and has written more than 30 pieces.
Her birthday is March 10th, and she was born in London in 1866.
On this day in 1911, Aldridge performed a piano recital at Queens Small Hall in London, which was the major music venue in London before World War I and was the original home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
According to Google, Aldridge is a motivational person who has shown “musical prowess at a young age.”
Amanda Aldridge: Who Was She?
Amanda Aldridge was Ira Aldridge’s daughter. She studied under Swedish singer Jenny Lind at London’s Royal Conservatory of Music.
A throat ailment cut short Aldridge’s singing career, but she became a vocal coach, pianist, and composer.
Through music, Aldridge explored her mixed ethnic ancestry through music, blending rhythmic influences and genres with Black American poetry to produce beautiful parlour music.
Middle-class parlours played parlour music.
Influenced by West African drumming, “Three African Dances,” her most famous piano composition, In addition to composing, she also taught Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson.
Google says Aldridge “gained international attention for her synthesis of musical styles.”
Aldridge sang on Music for You when she was 88 years old, letting a new generation hear her famous songs for the first time.
Aldridge died in London on her 90th birthday, March 9, 1956.
The Most Famous Works of Amanda Aldridge
Famous works by Aldridge include:
F. G. Bowles wrote the lyrics to “An Assyrian Love Song.” In 1921, Elkin & Co. published this book in London.
Music and lyrics by M. Ring. 1907, London: Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew.
F. E. Weatherly wrote the verses to “Blue Days of June.” London: Chappell & Company, 1915.
P. J. O’Reilly wrote the lyrics to “The Bride.” Chappell & Co., London, 1910. Print.
H. Simpson wrote the verses to “The Fickle Songster.” In 1908, Cary & Co. published this book in London.
F. G. Bowles wrote the lines to “Little Brown Messenger.” Printed by G. Ricordi & Co. in 1912.