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The Band Played On

Published: 2 Sep 13, 11:42am  |  Author: DG Music

This week marks the 28th year since the Titanic wreckage was first captured on film. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back on the greatest shipwreck in history and how it inspired a century of music.

One of the most famous tales that many of the survivors say that came out of the tragedy was ‘The Band Played On’. Many survivors recall that the last sound they heard as the ship was sinking, was the sound of the eight musicians playing ‘Near My God To Thee’ as they awaited their fate. It is widely agreed by Titanic experts that this could indeed be true, due to the fact that none of the eight musicians bodies were ever recovered suggesting that they were indeed on the top deck until the very end. 

Movie Magic

In James Cameron’s 1997 block-buster Titanic, we see the German chamber music ensemble I Salonisti acting and playing the role of the on-board band. Their music is the soundtrack to the movie and the classical feel to the scenes is what makes the film so iconic. They’re presence in the film has made classical music a large part of wedding ceremonies, due to couples wanting the romance and first-class feel to their wedding, which is the radiance that the film gave off. You’ll often hear brides requesting ‘Can you play that upbeat one from Titanic’, which they are referring to as the ‘Wedding Dance’. A beautifully romantic song that allows an audience to hear all parts of a quartet. 

Wallace Hardley

The violin played by Titanic’s bandmaster Wallace Hardley will go on display at Titanic Belfast this month. The instrument, which was played by Wallace Hartley during Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage, was discovered in an attic in North Yorkshire in 2006. After extensive research, including MRI scans, experts confirmed it was indeed what the second-class passenger Wallace Hartley played on April 14th, 1912 when Titanic perished to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean along with more than 1500 souls.
Accompanied by a leather luggage case initialled W. H. H, the violin will reside in Titanic’s Belfast Fit-Out Gallery from September 18 until October 13, 2013. It is likely to be the violin’s final public display of the instrument before it goes to auction.

Of course, Titanic isn’t the only inspiration for a string quartet at your wedding, but having had millions of people see and love the film, it can be argued that the music has been an influence for classical music being such a popular choice for most romantic day of a couple’s life; their wedding.

Here at DG music we have a variety of classical musicians available that can meet all of your needs.  From a string quartet to a harpist, we are here to meet your musical criteria. So whether you want a first-class Titanic inspired background sound or just a subtle harpist to have as a backdrop to reception drinks, classical music is the perfect ambiance for your special day. 

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