16 April 2012

The Titanic commemorated in music

As BIB readers will be aware, the sinking of RMS Titanic a hundred years ago is currently being commemorated. The disaster almost immediately inspired songs, and over the following twenty years many of them came from writers and singers in rural American musical genres. Fretboard Journal has risen to the occasion with a substantial feature on its website, 'Songs paying tribute to the Titanic', including links to recordings of the songs on YouTube.

The first image in the article shows the cover of sheet music for The band played 'Nearer my God to Thee' as the ship went down; and the point is made that what was played aboard Titanic would have been different from the familiar American setting of the hymn. Read the whole feature and sample the music here.



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