My son (made out of words on my side bar) has written a piece this morning which includes a paragraph on practising Haydn and it set me thinking on the role of music in peoples' lives.
These days with all the modern ways of getting at recorded music almost everyone listens to music all the time. Not me because my hearing problem is such that music is distorted and I prefer not to listen.
But how different things would have been a hundred years ago. Harvest is much on my mind ( we still have not been able to bale our hay and it is more or less ruined) and enhanced by Thelma's (North Stoke) picture of the Eric Ravilious harvest scene I thought of the days when the field would have been full of farm workers scything the wheat, stacking it, threshing it, and all the other jobs harvest time entailed. Nowadays one chap on a tractor more or less does it all, music playing in his tractor cab. But what sort of music would the harvesters then have had? Maybe the church bells - although probably some of them would have been bell ringers themselves and they couldn't be in two places at once.
That leaves us with just two places (I am not speaking of course of town dwellers who had opportunities to go to concerts if they could afford it) - making music at home or church.
In the thirties we had a piano at home which I played a lot. I also sang a lot while playing it, and in the church choir on Sundays. I played the organ and we would go round the villages singing various Cantatas - The Creation and The Messiah were always popular around Easter and Christmas times. The churches would be full of people who wanted to hear live music.
We would listen to music on the radio - Bing Crosby, Vera Lynn,
gradually ways of listening to music increased until now there are so many ways that it has almost become part of the background.
Is music important in your life?