Titanic’s final number: Cello penetrates other sounds

Speaking of acoustics*, there is one more reason I believe my Three Note Theory* has a good chance of explaining the question of Titanic’s final number. This point depends on the accuracy of the arrangements of Songe d’automne. In present-day arrangements it is the cello, in its upper register, that plays the melody of the introduction.…… Continue reading Titanic’s final number: Cello penetrates other sounds

Titanic’s final number: Grand Staircase Acoustics

For a moment let us dwell on this question: how clearly would those in Titanic’s lifeboats have heard the band’s music? Most movies depict the band performing on the outer deck. Within that scenario it is easy to believe the music was heard in full phrases and melodies from the lifeboats. But for several reasons, which shall be…… Continue reading Titanic’s final number: Grand Staircase Acoustics

Titanic’s final number: Paddy Dillon’s testimony

The Hartley Solo Theory is an interesting one. Perhaps there is additional evidence somewhere to support it, another survivor on board who witnessed the performance up close. Is it wise to base a theory on just one witness? Once again this theory falls into question, this time based on Thomas Patrick (Paddy) Dillon’s own eyewitness account.…… Continue reading Titanic’s final number: Paddy Dillon’s testimony

Music Sheets, hymnbook or by heart? – Nearer, My God, To Thee

Hymn Arrangement Nearer, My God, To Thee was not listed in the White Star Line songbook. However, under the category “Suites, Fantasias, etc.” the songbook did have the general line, “National Anthems, Hymns &c., of all Nations”. This is one of those subjects that is open to question – could Nearer, My God, To Thee have…… Continue reading Music Sheets, hymnbook or by heart? – Nearer, My God, To Thee

Sunday Night Part II How accurate are passenger accounts?

In the days following the disaster few people had a clear idea about what had happened the night Titanic sank. It is quite easy to become confused with passenger accounts and press reports. In many cases the witnesses and reporters had incomplete or inaccurate information. In the aftermath of the disaster all involved were grasping to…… Continue reading Sunday Night Part II How accurate are passenger accounts?