I've often wondered if the flights of the Zeppelins inspired classical
music. My search has turned up precious little. If you known of any
genre of music inspired by these or any other airships, please let me
know. Thank you.
Herbert Howells: Rhapsody No. 3, for Organ, in C sharp minor.
The English composer wrote a piece which was written, in part, during
WWI Zeppelin raids on London.
No longer climbing that stairway to heaven but still remembered:
Dory Previn: Reflections
in a Mud Puddle
Geez. I think this from very early 60s. Angst-ridden album that deals
with inner conflicts and in part with the demise of the Hindenburg.
Still available on CD.
Captain Ernst Lehmann was an avid accordion player, and often played
his accordion aloft. Anyone know what he played?
Rick Archbold THE HINDENBURG: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY (NY-Madison
Press/Warner-1994-ISBN: 0446517844) page 153. The text states that
it was a Bluthner baby grand piano, made mostly of aluminum, and covered
in yellow pigskin, it weighed 397 pounds. (Travelers on the Graf Zeppelin
had complained that a piano was the only embellishment their after-supper
parties lacked). It appears the piano was only carried during the
first season in 1936.
Piano Web Site has this to say:
"In 1936 Bluthner scored tremendous public interest when the famous
airship Hindenburg crossed the Atlantic for the first time with a
Bluthner grand on board. For reasons of weight this instrument was
made of aluminum, the outside covered with parchment and it served
for the first broadcast of a piano recital from the air."
If you know of a recording made using this piano, please let me know.