Music: Britain Goes Symphonic

Britons are listening to more German music in the third year of World War II than ever before in their history. This curious state of affairs reflects a surprising wartime swing in British popular taste from dance music to concert music of which Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner are still the main staples.

Vaguely people feel that this sudden shift is somehow due to the war, to a longing to escape through music from realities that have become so harsh and drab, to a revived sense of the nearness of death which lies...

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