Just added score to Piano Concerto #9
1. Her Maiden Voyage
2. And the band played on...
3. Ida's Love Theme
4. The Sinking
The post card from the premier performance.
About the Third Movement:
Ida's Love Theme
On her slanted decks, husbands were bidding wives and families farewell, as lifeboats were being lowered into the icy water. Isador Straus, owner of Macy's department store, assisted his wife Ida as she made to lifeboat number eight. She refused to get in, saying, "We've been living together for many years. Where you go, I go." They pulled up deck chairs and sat together side by side in tight embrace, ready to meet death as they had lived their lives: together.
The story of Ida and Isador Straus is one of the most poignant of the Titanic's many tragic stories. Woven into the theme is a sense of the Straus' background, the ragtime optimism of an America which held great promise and success for an emigrant like Straus; though what we hear is a melancholy strain, like something lost, in the final plunge of what was thought to be "unsinkable." For all the sadness of the piece, there is a feeling of warmth for the love between two persons so wedded in life that even death could not part them.
- From Royce Concerto CD liner notes by Mike Caffey