Google Doodle: In 111 years’ time, influential musician Amanda Aldridge performed a piano recital at London’s Queens Small Hall, which was the original venue for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. a Google Doodle will appear on the search giant’s homepage on Friday honouring Montague Ring, the composer, educator and opera singer who lived under the pseudonym Montague Ring.
In addition to being the daughter of an African-American Shakespearean actor and a Swedish opera singer, Eldridge displayed an impressive musical talent at a very early age. After graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music in London in 1990, she went on to study with Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind.
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The acclaimed opera singer Marian Anderson was also taught by Aldridge, along with civil rights activist and artist Paul Robeson. The music of Africa and African-American poetry greatly influenced Marian Anderson’s voice. Among her most popular compositions are Three African Dances, a piano piece that uses West African drumming as its inspiration.
During the Hidden Voices series’ third installment, according to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Hidden Voices department, Aldridge composed Three African Dances with the intention of having it played by amateur pianists and middle-class families. There was a time during which romantic parlor music was frequently played in middle-class households during the period when the piece was composed.