I've caught a couple of episodes of the 30-part BBC Radio 4 series "Home Front" which paints a picture of how the first world war affected life in the UK 100 years ago. The theme music, which is supposed to set the scene, transporting listeners back 100 years is - the sound of a cornet playing with a small brass-band ensemble. I suspect the programme makers are relying on a stereotype amongst modern listeners, and that if the same music had been performed by a woodwind ensemble or strings, it wouldn't have had the same slightly musty, sepia-tinted effect. Is this reinforcing a stereotype that brass band music is 100 years out of date and irrelevant today? What better music could they have used?