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Titanic Era Music 3 - Songs the Ship's Band Played

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Uploaded on May 14, 2010

These are MODERN recordings of actual Edwardian era music that would have been played by the Ship's Band in 1912.


What the band played as Titanic slowly began to sink is never disputed - ragtime, waltzes, specific tunes noted by survivors included 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' , 'In The Shadows', 'Moonstruck', 'Destiny', 'Glow Worm', etc. Most are posted here on these videos. But a question mark still hangs over what the last song was as Titanic's stern began to rise clear of the Atlantic Ocean, and indeed, would it be physically possible for them to play anything in those conditions? The sensible money is of course on 'Nearer, My God, To Thee' - no sooner had Carpathia docked in New York, than the papers were reporting Wallace Hartley and the others in the band playing it to the end, although it must be pointed out that these same newspapers had reported that Titanic was under tow and heading for Halifax! But many other reliable witnesses remember 'Song of Autumn'. We will never really know of course, but as none of the band survived, then the only truly reliable witnesses were tragically lost at 2.20am, 15th April 1912. But that, in my mind, is trivial. The fact that they DID play, in those terrible circumstances, and faced with almost certain death, is enough.

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