Lusitania: life, loss, legacy opens at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on 27 March. This new exhibition will tell the story of the Liverpool passenger liner RMS Lusitania and her tragic sinking during the First World War.
The sheet music for a piano waltz titled ‘Lusitania: Queens of the Seas’ is in the Museum’s archive collection. The front cover of the sheet music is signed and dated by the composer George Manners Herd on 1 January 1908, just four months after the passenger liner’s maiden voyage.
Last week we brought the music to life. The piece was performed by pianist Ian Buckle, who plays with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and it was recorded at Whitewood Studios. We had not been able to find an existing recording of the piece, so it felt particularly special to hear it being played for the first time.
The recording will feature in the first section of the exhibition, which explores the ship’s early years and her dominance of travel across the Atlantic. There was a great feeling of pride and affection for the ship in Liverpool as so many of the crew were from the city. The music helps to capture how the Lusitania was a symbol of success and optimism during this period.
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