The Google Doodle for today is dedicated to opera vocalist and renowned composer of parlor music Amanda Aldridge.

The actress and musician Amanda Aldridge was born on March 10, 1866, in London. Her father was a well-known African-American theater actor, and her mother was a Swedish opera singer. She studied singing and harmonies at London’s Royal College of Music under the instruction of legends like Jenny Lind and Sir George Henschel after discovering she had a natural knack for music. She started her own musical career after graduating.

However, a case of laryngitis resulted in a throat injury that rendered Amanda Aldridge’s concert career unviable. Instead, she focused on teaching music, opening the door for many others to continue the wonderful history of music. Paul Robeson, a well-known American actor and political activist, and Marian Anderson, the first African American soprano to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, were among Amanda Aldridge’s pupils.

Additionally talented as a parlor music composer, Amanda Aldridge. The most effective means of spreading songs back when record players weren’t a typical household item was through sheet music. The piano, which is a typical fixture in middle-class households, and voice accompaniment were meant for use when playing parlour music at home.

Including the song Azalea, which is shown here, Amanda Aldridge wrote around 30 pieces between 1907 and 1925, frequently using the pen name Montague Ring. Her songs frequently incorporate lines from Black American poetry, and her compositions have been praised for skillfully fusing the various genres of her own ethnic background.

Amanda Aldridge made her debut on the British television program Music for You at the age of 88, introducing herself to the next generation of music enthusiasts. A year later, on the eve of her 90th birthday, she passed away. Regarding the reason Google picked today to honor the vocalist, she gave a recital at London’s Queens Small Hall on June 17, 1911.

The inspiration for today’s Google Doodle came from one of the few remaining images of Amanda Aldridge, which captures the artist at her peak. A small amount of ornamentation made from the treble clef and bass clef of musical notation surrounds the main image.

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