Google Doodle celebrates black opera singer and songwriter Amanda Aldridge

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Google celebrates the life and career of black British composer, teacher and opera singer Amanda Aldridge with her latest doodle.

Aldridge is best known as a composer who has released dozens of instrumentals, lounge music and over 30 songs under the pseudonym Montague Ring, according to the tech giant which often changes its classic logo to highlight a historical figure or a special occasion linked to a specific date

On this day in 1911, Aldridge gave a piano recital at Queens Small Hall, London’s main pre-war concert hall and the original home of the BBC Symphony Orchestras and the London Philharmonic.

Born in London on March 10, 1866, Aldridge was the daughter of African-American Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge and a Swedish opera singer. According to Google, she “showed her musical prowess at a young age” and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London. Unfortunately, a throat injury would have interrupted her singing career. However, the influential musician has used her talents to build a successful career as a voice teacher, pianist and composer.

Aldridge reportedly explored his mixed ethnic heritage through music. She combined various rhythmic influences and genres with the poetry of black American authors to create what is known as salon music.

Parlor music is “a popular genre played in the parlors of middle-class homes”.

His most famous piece was one of his piano compositions, “Three African Dances”, inspired by West African percussion. In addition to her compositions, she taught civil rights activist Paul Robeson and one of America’s first great female opera singers, Marian Anderson.

Aldridge wrote love songs, sambas and orchestral pieces in her old age and gained international attention for the way she fused musical styles.

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