Considering Titanic's music in 2012

Jan 10, 2012
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Hi, all,
To mark Titanic's 100 I've started a blog to discuss the music on board the ship, and hope to shed a musician's light on some of the puzzles and questions that have been asked over the years.

I'm at http://titanicpiano.blogspot.com/

My most recent post discusses the questions
Did Titanic’s two bands have separate libraries? Part III
Did separate libraries impact Titanic’s final performance?

I hope you'll visit my blog, read past posts and stay in touch.

Also, if you have any questions about the music, or have any detail that has been bugging you for a while, please let me know. I'd be happy to discuss anything Titanic/music related here, and may create a post for my blog on the subject.

Take care,
Rebekah
 
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Hi, fellow Titanic enthusiasts,
I just thought I'd check in again to let you know I'm in the middle of a discussion on my blog about the last number played on the Titanic - discussing Nearer, My God, To Thee and Autumn. I hope my thoughts add to the the discussion on these two possibilities for the past 100 years.

http://titanicpiano.blogspot.com/

For specific discussions on Titanic's last performance, look at the links below. I hope you'll visit my blog!

Part I A century of debate goo.gl/2FYQp

Part II Logistics, proximity and a good ear goo.gl/2FYQp

Part III Sheets, hymnbook or by heart? goo.gl/3jFrN

Part IV Hartley solo theory goo.gl/P9MPQ

It doesn't stop there. Check in again for more ideas on Autumn next week.

Rebekah Maxner
 
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I've been writing things that might be of interest to Encyclopedia Titanica members. Here is a quick list, complete with links to take you directly to the posts on my blog, Titanic Piano:

Three Note Theory
A new theory on Titanic's band's last number, that proposes that the first three notes of Songe d'automne are identical with the first three notes of Nearer, My God, To Thee, and that survivors in lifeboats heard Autumn but mistook it for the hymn:
http://titanicpiano.blogspot.com/2012/02/part-vii-titanics-final-number.html

Grand Acoustics:
A post that explores the acoustical properties of the Grand Staircase, where the band performed throughout the sinking. Could these acoustics have played a role in projecting the music outside the ship?
http://titanicpiano.blogspot.com/2012/02/part-viii-titanics-final-number-grand.html

Cello Penetrates other sounds:
A theory on the instrument with the dynamic capability to penetrate the sounds of sinking. Was the cello the instrument that played the opening of Songe d'automne, the tune that survivors thought was Nearer, My God, To Thee?
http://titanicpiano.blogspot.com/2012/02/titanics-final-number-cello-penetrates.html

The Healing Power of Music:
In the aftermath of the disaster survivors and the public at large looked to Nearer, My God, To Thee as a beacon of hope. The hymn has remained the public favourite as Titanic's final number.
http://titanicpiano.blogspot.com/2012/02/titanics-final-number-press-public-and.html

Titanic and the Science of Memory:
How are memories made, and can eyewitness accounts be believed as completely accurate?
http://titanicpiano.blogspot.com/2012/02/titanic-and-science-of-memory.html

I hope you find these posts insightful!
Rebekah Maxner