An age of splendour
One of my favourite composers is Frederick Delius, long before I realised he is a fellow Yorkshire man, I enjoyed his music.
I think my liking for his music is because my taste is more pastoral than dynamic. I do composers like Wagner, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Janacek but I also like Vaughan Williams, Handel, Branmms and Sibelius.
Part of my reason for liking this style is that it shows an era of values in a world bereft of morality http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/the-moral-decline-of-world.html#.VngbslWLTnA.
Although he didn't fight, Delius composed a hymn to those who later became known as http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/the-lost-generation.html#.Vngb-lWLTnA.
By some of the standards of the time, these people were classed as libertines, living a life for the moment. After seeing people torn apart by metal fragments, dying of gangrene from poisoned wounds and living in rat-infested hovels - can you blame them?
#WW1 may not have been the war to end all wars, but it changed the lives of many people and the war changed society in a major way http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/old-comrades.html#.VngfoVWLTnA. Britain went to war thinking the Germans would surrender in four months, four horrible years later men were grateful to be alive.