Evoking the sound of 100 years ago...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by BrianT, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. BrianT

    BrianT Member

    Wantage, Oxfordshire
    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    Is this reinforcing a stereotype that brass band music is 100 years out of date and irrelevant today?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?
  2. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Like it or not, the high water mark of brass band popularity in the UK was in that era. Prior to the first war almost every village had its own band - though admittedly many were not fully brass, particularly in the South. It seems quite reasonable to use a brass band for this purpose, even if it is a bit unflattering to our modern relevance.
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