METRONEWS247- The most recent Google Doodle honors the life and work of black British composer, educator, and opera singer Amanda Aldridge.
By: Elvis Fitzpatrick
Google Doodles frequently alter the company’s iconic logo to include a historical figure or noteworthy event associated with a particular date. Aldridge is paired with a doodle of musical treble clefs on either side in the Google picture for Friday, June 17.
The woman seen is Aldridge, a well-known composer who went under the moniker Montague Ring and published hundreds of instrumental albums, parlor music, and more than 30 songs.
She was born in London on March 10, 1866.
On this day in 1911, Aldridge performed a piano recital in Queens Small Hall, which served as the BBC Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras’ first home prior to World War I.
Google calls Aldridge a role model who displayed “musical talent at an early age.”
The most recent Google Doodle honors the life and work of black British composer, educator, and opera singer Amanda Aldridge. What Was Amanda Aldridge’s Google Doodle?
Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor and Swedish opera singer, was the father of Amanda Aldridge. She pursued a career as a vocalist at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, where she trained with renowned Swedish soprano Jenny Lind.
Sadly, a throat injury quickly ended Aldridge’s singing career, but she made the most of her skills to build a successful career as a voice instructor, pianist, and composer.
In order to make romantic Parlour music, Aldridge combined numerous rhythmic influences and genres with poetry written by Black American authors as she explored her mixed-ethnic ancestry via the prism of music, according to Google.
The living rooms of middle-class families included popular genres of parlour music.
The piano composition “Three African Dances,” which was influenced by West African drumming, is her most well-known work. She also trained Marian Anderson, one of America’s first great opera singers, and civil rights leader Paul Robeson in addition to writing music.
In her latter years, Aldridge wrote symphonic works, sambas, and love ballads, “garnering international notice for her blending of musical forms,” according to Google.
Aldridge made her first television appearance at the age of 88 on the British program Music for You, which made her timeless works accessible to a whole new audience.
One day before turning 90, Aldridge passed away in London on March 8, 1956.
Famous Works by Amanda Aldridge
Among Aldridge’s well-known creations are:
F. G. Bowles wrote the lyrics to “An Assyrian Love Song.” Elkin & Co., 1921, London
Music and lyrics for “Azalea” are by M. Ring. Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, 1907, London
F. E. Weatherly wrote the lyrics to “Blue Days of June.” Chappell & Co., 1915, London
P. J. O’Reilly is the author of “The Bride.” 1910: Chappell & Co., London.
H. Simpson wrote the lyrics to “The Fickle Songster.” 1908; London: Cary & Co.
F. G. Bowles wrote the lyrics to “Little Brown Messenger.” G. Ricordi & Co., London, 1912.
Google Doodles from recently
With its doodles, Google frequently honors notable people or noteworthy occasions, and users will see various things based on where they are.
The Google Doodle for March 16 honored French artist Rosa Bonheur, who is well-known for her animal paintings and sculptures.
The successful career of Bonheur, according to Google, “inspired a future generation of women in the arts.”