There were two Steinway pianos in Titanic’s Second Class, both Model K uprights. The difference in size between the First Class Model R uprights and Second Class Model K uprights was two inches, at 54” and 52” respectively. Even though both sizes were quite large by today’s standards (for home pianos), and therefore also quite…… Continue reading Titanic’s second class pianos
Titanic’s First Class was provided for with three elegant Steinway pianos, two Model R uprights and one Model B drawing room grand. In 1912 recorded music had not entirely replaced sheet music. It was a time when many people had reached a decent level of literacy and performance proficiency. People liked their pianos and they…… Continue reading Titanic’s first class pianos
By mid-March 1912 plans for Titanic’s music were all beginning to come together. C. W. & F. N. Black, music agents who organized and hired musicians for seagoing liners, had been considering bandsmen at least since December 1911, mulling over their choices. It is known that cellist Seth Lancaster from Colne was asked to join…… Continue reading March 1912: Titanic’s pianos and musicians in place
In 1957 a man named Fred Valance sat down and read Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember. In it Lord had attempted to pin down the identity of Harold Bride’s ‘Autumn.’ Valance wrote several lengthy letters to Lord in response. In 1912 he had been bandleader on the Laconia and he recalled how popular Songe…… Continue reading Titanic’s final number: Concise summary
In search of two ladies Survivors in Titanic’s lifeboats would not have heard music from the ship well, not well enough to recognize complete phrases of any tune. Yet, news spread that survivors had heard Nearer, My God, To Thee. Colonel Archibald Gracie, who was adamant that the band had not played the hymn, said, “I know…… Continue reading Titanic: Who heard Nearer, My God, To Thee?
Survivors from the Water Part II The story of Titanic’s band playing Nearer, My God, To Thee had several vocal detractors amongst the survivors, none as adamant as Colonel Archibald Gracie. He wrote a book (published posthumously) about Titanic’s maiden voyage and sinking. In Chapter II, Struck by an Iceberg, he set out his thoughts…… Continue reading Gracie: The truth about Titanic’s last number
Survivors from the Water Part I The survivors who watched Titanic sink from their lifeboats were the ones who claimed that they had heard Nearer, My God, To Thee from across the water. There are many questions that surround Titanic’s final number. This one stands out: Did survivors who stayed on the ship to the…… Continue reading Barkworth: Titanic’s last waltz