‘The present age is one of overproduction … never has there been so much music-making and so little musical experience of a vital order.’ Thus Constant Lambert, the composer. He was writing in 1934, in the classic Music Ho! A Study of Music in Decline. 2 The chapter is entitled ‘The Appalling Popularity of Music’. It goes on to complain that, thanks to the ‘gramophone’, the ‘wireless’ and the loudspeaker, ‘music of a sort is everywhere and at every time’. The result: total anaesthesia. If the BBC broadcast the Last Trump, Lambert expostulates, ‘it is doubtful if it would interfere with the cry of “No Trumps” from the card table’.