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Celebrating Amanda Aldridge

Amanda Aldridge

Celebrating Amanda Aldridge

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Amanda Aldridge

Celebrating Amanda Aldridge

Today’s Doodle celebrates British composer, teacher and opera singer Amanda Aldridge She released over thirty songs and dozens of instrumental tracks under the pseudonym Montague Ring On this day in 1911, Amanda Aldridge gave a piano recital at London’s pre-war principal concert venue, Queens Small Hall, the original home of the BBC Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras Amanda was born the daughter of Ira Aldridge, a Black American Shakespearean actor and Swedish opera singer in 1866, London Showing her own musical prowess at a young age, Aldridge pursued a career as a vocalist at London’s Royal Conservatory of Music, where she studied under eminent Swedish soprano Jenny Lind Aldridge’s singing career was soon cut short by a throat injury, but her talents only continued to grow as a vocal teacher, piano player and composer Aldridge’s 1913 piano composition “Three African Dances,” inspired by West African drumming, became her most famous piece In addition to her compositions, she taught civil rights activist Paul Robeson and one of America’s first great opera singers, Marian Anderson  Aldridge composed love songs, sambas, and orchestral pieces into her old age, garnering international attention for her fusion of musical styles At 88, Aldridge appeared for the first time on television on the British show “Music for You,” introducing a new generation to her classic compositions    Early drafts of the Doodle Like, Share and Subscribe to Doodle Catalog

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