James Day presents his examination of what is meant when a piece of music is described as being 'very English', and the musical elements that might combine to create such a response.
Day investigates the whole tapestry of English composition from the Elizabethans onwards, and pays particular attention to six characteristically 'English' composers - Purcell, Handel, Sullivan, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten.
Is it a question of harmony and melodic shape? Is it a question of subject matter and social forces? Is 'Englishness' simply in the ear of the beholder? An enthusiastic, informed and thought-provoking guide.