A letter in the Daily Wail today (I know, I shouldn't read that drivel), has got my dander up somewhat. The gist of it was, the writer was surprised at the number of British composers featured on Desert Island Discs, and implied that this was a sad reflection on the population's collective musical intelligence. He went on to compare the "lightweight" (his word) Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams with compositions by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and other 18th/19th century european composers. Surely such comparisons are spurious - VW could no more have written the Eroica than Beethoven could have written the Lark. Each composer is of his time, and following the musical trends of that time. I would suggest that composers such as VW captured something uniquely English in their music, which has entered the collective consciousness (in their home country), and that the English feel a personal affinity with them, hence their popularity (which the DM letter writer seems to imply is some sort of "dumbing down"). Now I've got that off my chest, what do other musical arrsers think?