Dennis Brain (17 May 1921 – 1 September 1957) was a British virtuoso horn player and was largely credited for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the post-war British public. デニス・ブレイン(Dennis Brain, 1921年 5月17日 - 1957年 9月1日)は、イギリスのホルン奏者である。 死後の今日に至るも、世界中で最も卓越したホルン奏者のひとりとして知られる。 略歴. Brain debuted in performance on 6 October 1938, playing second horn … Not only did Dennis Brain master the most difficult of orchestral instruments with many of his extraordinary feats captured in the biography but we also got a sense of the kind of man Dennis Brain was as a friend and colleague; in every sense of the word a gentleman. [1] He was scheduled for a recording session of Strauss's Capriccio with the conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch the next morning in London. When the Royal Air Force Symphony Orchestra was formed, Brain joined it. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Stoika Milanova, Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble, Stoika Milanova, Dora Milanova, Bulgarian Television and Radio String Orchestra, Jean Fournier, Antonio Janigro, Badura Skoda, John Ferrillo/Mela Tenenbaum/Richard Brice/Jerry Grossman, Karel Bidlo, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Václav Smetáček, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf. Tina Brain, one of Leonard's children, also became a professional horn player. This tenure did not last long as he was soon conscripted into the armed forces with his brother in World War II. He made what many consider the definitive recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's horn concerti. Regarding Dennis’s position of holding the instrument with bell raised to shoulder height, this is briefly mentioned on pages 114 to 115 of the new biography. His uncle, Alfred Edwin Brain jr. (1885-10-24 - 1966-03-29), had a successful career playing horn in the United States with the New York Symphony Society and later as a soloist in Hollywood. * The Legacy of Dennis Brain (www.dennisbrain.com) * Discography * Photo, * Petitt, Stephen. Read Full Biography. It was not until the age of 15 that Dennis was to transfer from St Paul's School to the Royal Academy of Music to study horn, under his father's tutelage. After the war, Walter Legge and Sir Thomas Beecham founded the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively. Biography. A Premature EndBrain's grave in LondonEnlargeBrain's grave in London. Brain often asked composers to write new works for him to perform. Showing off his humorous style, Brain performed a Leopold Mozart horn concerto on rubber hosepipes at a Gerard Hoffnung music festival in 1956. Dennis Brain (17 May 1921 – 1 September 1957) was a British virtuoso horn player and was largely credited for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the post-war British public. [2] Brain filled the position as principal horn in both. Dennis Brain: A Biography. The concerti were originally written for Joseph Leutgeb, a Viennese natural horn player. The beauty of Brain's music and the tragedy of his death captured the public imagination like no British horn player before or since. His father, Aubrey Brain (1893-07-12 - 1955-09-21), held the principal horn position in the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was also a teacher. Dennis Brain on Record: A Comprehensive Discography of his Solo, Chamber and Orchestral Recordings, originally published in 1996, with a foreword by Gunther Schuller (Newton, Mass: Margun Music, Inc.). He was 24 years old at the time. Brain debuted in performance on 6 October 1938, playing second horn under his father with the Busch Chamber Players at the Queen's Hall. At the age of 21, Brain was appointed to the first horn position in the National Symphony Orchestra. While there, he continued his piano studies under Max Pirani and organ under G.D. Cunningham. During his short life he became world-famous. This tenure did not last long as he was soon conscripted into the armed forces with his brother in World War II. [3] He was 24 years old at the time. Again, he played second under his father. Dennis Brain (May 17, 1922 - September 1, 1957) is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished French horn players of all time. Francis Poulenc wrote Elegie for Horn and Piano to commemorate Brain's death. Brain was a noted enthusiast of fast cars and was known for keeping Autocar magazine on his stand as he recited the Mozart concerti from memory during recording sessions. Brain was a noted enthusiast of fast cars and was known for keeping Autocar magazine on his stand as he played the Mozart concertos from memory during recording sessions. Brain made a radio program entitled The Early Horn in 1955. The British horn player Dennis Brain (1921-1957) is commonly described by such statements as “the greatest horn player of the 20th Century,” “a genius,” and “a legend.” He was both a prodigy and popularizer, famously performing a concerto on a garden hose in perfect pitch. Thank you very much for your review of “Dennis Brain: A Life In Music” which has taken us the past nine years to research and write. During these years, Brain studied piano and organ. That ensemble went on a goodwill tour of the United States. Dennis Brain (17 May 1921 – 1 September 1957) was a British virtuoso horn player who was largely credited for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the post-war British public. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. Dennis Brain was born in London to a family already well known for producing fine horn players. Has been.... One of his favourite horns (by Alexander of Mainz: a single B-flat horn with an F extension as a tuning slide) was badly damaged in his fatal crash. His father injured himself in a fall and lost much of his stamina to play. Many people thought of him as the greatest horn player ever. Fifty horn players subscribed £50 each towards this commission, underwritten by Windblowers of Nottingham. The Horn Call, Vol. With the collaboration of Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra, he produced what many still consider to be the definitive recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's horn concerti. hn. By age 36, he had helped restore the four Mozart and two Strauss horn concertos to the repertory, inspired Hindemith, Britten, and others to write for his instrument, and generally set the standard for twentieth century horn soloists. Francis Poulenc wrote Elegy for Horn and Piano to commemorate Brain's death. 2, April 1991. It also includes research notes pertaining to the publication of the 2011 biography, Dennis Brain : a life in music. The family tradition also extended to his brother Leonard Brain (1915–1975), an oboist who performed with Dennis in a wind quintet that Dennis formed. Brain also founded a trio with pianist Wilfrid Parry and violinist Jean Pougnet. hn. The Alexander had a custom lead pipe which was narrower than the usual, and offered a sound which, if not comparable to the Raoux, at least gave a nod in the direction of the lighter French instrument. Aubrey Brain held the belief that students should not study the horn seriously until the latter teenage years, when the teeth and embouchure became fully developed. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. He was both a prodigy and popularizer, famously performing a concerto on a garden hose in perfect pitch. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, 2011. Early YearsCover art for a biographical book written about BrainEnlargeCover art for a biographical book written about Brain. A massive new biography of the great British horn virtuoso Dennis Brain was just published this month by UNT press, Dennis Brain: A Life in Music. With the collaboration of Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra, he produced what many still consider to be the definitive recordings of Mozart's horn concerti. 2), Paul Hindemith (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra), York Bowen (Concerto for Horn, Strings and Timpani), Peter Racine Fricker (Horn Sonata), Gordon Jacob (Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra),[11] Mátyás Seiber (Notturno for Horn and Strings), Humphrey Searle (Aubade for Horn and Strings), Ernest Tomlinson (Rhapsody and Rondo for Horn and Orchestra, Romance and Rondo for Horn and Orchestra), Lennox Berkeley (Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano) and Elisabeth Lutyens. Gamble Aubrey Brain produced the first Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart horn concerto recording in 1927. Brain originally played a French instrument, a Raoux piston-valve horn, similar to that used by his father. 2 publicly in 1948. They performed Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. It was premiered on 1 September 1958, exactly one year after Brain's death, by Neill Sanders and with Poulenc himself on piano. Jump to: Overview (1) | Mini Bio (1) | Trivia (1) Overview (1) Born: May 17, 1921 in London, England, UK: Mini Bio (1) Dennis Brain was born on May 17, 1921 in London, England. Brain also founded a trio with pianist Wilfrid Parry and violinist Jean Pougnet. He popularised the classical horn repertoire and his brief career coincided with a renaissance of English classical performance and composition; like his contemporary James Galway he made the transition from orchestra to soloist, and his death further boosted his status as a musical legend. After the war, Walter Legge and Thomas Beecham founded the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively. Overview Dennis Brain is recognized as perhaps the greatest horn player the world has known. At an early age, Brain was allowed to blow a few notes on his father's horn every Saturday morning. Find Dennis Brain bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming links on AllMusic - Few instrumentalists of the 20th century did more… Dennis Brain (1921 – 1957) was a very distinguished British horn player and was largely responsible for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the public. Evidence of Brain's skill at composition was shown when he composed the cadenzas for the first and third concerti for his recordings. 44, and Handel's Aria for two horns, oboes and bassoon)[5] and in concert. 2 in E-flat Major K. 417, Horn Concerto No. In 1943, Brain's solo career truly began when Benjamin Britten wrote his Serenade for Tenor and Horn for Peter Pears and Brain. During these years, Brain studied piano and organ. His brother, Leonard Brain (1915 - 1975) was an oboist and performed with Dennis in a wind quintet that Dennis formed. Composer-performer collaborations have often been successful vehicles in advancing music. XXII, no. Trivia (1) Virtuoso horn player from a family of professional musicians. [7][5] He had driven his Triumph TR2 sports car off the road and into a tree on the A1 road opposite the north gate of the De Havilland Aircraft factory at Hatfield. It has since been restored by Paxman Brothers of London and is on public display in the York Gate Collections at the Royal Academy of Music, London.[10]. Dennis Brain. He was the third to perform the Horn Concerto No. London: Robert Hale, 1976. player of French horn, son of Aubrey Brain.Played 1st hn. Many composers offered their services to Brain without even being asked. During his short life he became world-famous. Gamble, Stephen and William C. Lynch. This group eventually grew in size and toured in Germany, Italy and Austria. of Beecham's RPO 1946–54, touring USA with it … 3 in E-flat Major K. 447, Horn Concerto No. As a French horn fan, I've always been on the lookout for information about Dennis Brain. This page was last edited on 10 November 2020, at 05:57. Brain was notoriously careless; his instrument for many years was a French-made piston valve horn with an impressive array of dents, and Benjamin Britten autographed one score "For Dennis – in case he loses the other one". Brain's first recording was of Mozart's Divertimento in D Major K. 334 in February, 1939 with the Lener Quartet. Michael Thompson also took part in this work's premiere, along with Richard Watkins. "The Horn Call", vol. He was 36 years old at the time of his death. 6, Pathetique with the Philharmonia under Eugene Ormandy at the Edinburgh Festival. Brain was interred at Hampstead Cemetery in London. 1, October 1991. The son of Aubrey Brain, for many years principal horn of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a prominent figure on the London musical scene, the young Dennis began his career playing second to his father. Dennis Brain was born in London into a family already well known for producing fine horn players. What is into what In 1951, Brain became the first person in modern times to perform Joseph Haydn's Horn Concerto No. Giovanni Punto inspired Beethoven to write for horn; Brain inspired Benjamin Britten, Malcolm Arnold and Michael Tippett. He was educated at St Paul’s School in Hammersmith where he studied piano and organ. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death, a new work, Fanfare: a salute to Dennis Brain was commissioned from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and premiered in Nottingham on 15 March 2007 by Michael Thompson. They performed Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. His father injured himself in a fall and lost much of his stamina to play. His mother, Marion Brain, was a composer and wrote cadenzas to the first and third Mozart horn concerti which her husband played. British horn player (Born 17 May 1921 London, England, UK – Died 1 September 1957 Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK). "Dennis Brain – A Life in Music". His grandfather, father and two uncles were all horn players, while Leonard, his older brother by six years, played the oboe and cor anglais. Brain collaborated with Karajan to produce recordings of the four Mozart horn concerti, works now considered to be the basis of the solo horn repertory. until his death although, apart from 1949–50, he was also prin. Brain collaborated with Karajan to produce recordings of the four Mozart horn concerti, works now considered to be the basis of the solo horn repertory. Expanding his interest in the neglected area of chamber music, Brain formed a wind quintet with his brother in 1946. It was not until the age of 15 that Dennis was to transfer from St Paul's School to the Royal Academy of Music to study horn, under his father's tutelage. 4 in E-flat Major K. 495, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "I Found My Horn special: The Art of Dennis Brain | Classical music reviews, news & interviews | The Arts Desk", "Dennis Brain: Fanfare for the horn-player who blew up a storm", Concertonet.com, Instruments of Mass Seduction II: The Horn; 11 May 2004, Review by Malcolm Walker for Naxos Records, William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection (ARS.0138), Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dennis_Brain&oldid=987952929, People educated at St Paul's School, London, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from October 2016, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with PLWABN identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with Trove identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 1. renowned British horn player, Dennis Brain (1921-1957). Again, he played second under his father. He was the second to perform the Horn Concerto No. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music under his father's tutelage. The trio toured Scotland twice and made plans to tour Australia in the winter of 1957. [1] While there, he continued his piano studies under Max Pirani and organ under G. D. Cunningham. [8], He was interred at Hampstead Cemetery in London. • Concertonet.com, Instruments of Mass Seduction II: The Horn; 11 May 2004 Showing all 3 items. Both brothers joined the Royal Air Force Central Band. Tina Brain, one of Leonard's children (Dennis's niece), became a professional horn player. in inaugural concert of Philharmonia Orch. By 1945, Brain was the most sought-after horn player in England. Dennis Brain (born 17 May 1921; died London, 1 September 1957) was a British horn player. In it, he emphasized the importance of the player over the instrument in the production of the perfect tone. His grandfather, father and two uncles were all horn players, while Leonard, his … Along with Jack Brymer (clarinet), Gwydion Brooke (bassoon), Richard Walton (trumpet), Terence MacDonagh (oboe), and Gerald Jackson (flute), he was a member of the "Royal Family" of wind instrumentalists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. All user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. His grandfather, Alfred Edwin Brain sr. (1860-02-04 - 1925-10-25), was considered one of the top horn soloists of his time. His grandfather Alfred Edwin Brain, Sr. (4 February 1860 – 25 October 1925) was considered one of the top horn soloists of his time, while his uncle Alfred Edwin Brain Jr. (24 October 1885 – 29 March 1966) had a successful career playing horn in the United States with the New York Symphony Society and later as a soloist in Hollywood. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Dennis Brain is recognized as perhaps the greatest horn player the world has known. That ensemble went on a goodwill tour of the United States. Dennis Brain was born on 17 May 1921 into a prodigiously gifted musical family. He helped rescue the horn from the obscurity in which it had languished for over a century, and revived the public's faith in it as a major solo instrument. Many people thought of him as the greatest horn player ever. Brain debuted in performance on October 6 1938, playing second horn under his father with the Busch Chamber Players at the Queen's Hall. Dennis Brain was born on 17 May 1921 into a prodigiously gifted musical family. Dennis Brain discography and songs: Music profile for Dennis Brain, born 17 May 1921. ISBN 070915772X * Meckna, Michael. Before this book, the only biography available was the one by Stephen Petit written shortly after his death. The Legacy of Dennis Brain. This type of instrument has a particularly fluid tone and a fine legato, but a less robust sound than the German-made instruments which were becoming common. Also included are research notes, sheet music, photographs, and books pertaining to Dennis Brain from the late 1930’s to his death just prior to September 1957. Most of the additions and corrections contained in the present list were brought to my attention by Dr. Stephen J. XXI, No. Later, he found that he did not have enough time to fill both positions and resigned from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Brain, Dennis (b London, 1921; d in car crash, Hatfield, 1957). In 1948: “Dennis Brain’s horn playing – so expressive, so finely shaded and always of a brightness which puts it in a different class from the safe but dull German horn-playing – verged on the miraculous.” 1951: “It is difficult to say anything of Dennis Brain’s performance, except that he was an alchemist, turning copper into gold. Dennis Brain. This group eventually grew in size and toured in (Germany), Italy and Austria. On his usual concert instrument his tone was of unsurpassed beauty and clarity, complemented by a 1-4; Quintet K452. Sites: Wikipedia. At an early age, Brain was allowed to blow a few notes on his father's horn every Saturday morning. Dennis Brain was born in London on 17 May 1921. * concertonet.com, Instruments of Mass Seduction II: The Horn; May 11, 2004 * Brain Genealogy. In 1951, Brain switched to the German-style Alexander horn. Brain produced a radio programme entitled The Early Horn in 1955. Dennis or Denis is a first or last name from the Greco-Roman name Dionysius, via one of the Christian saints named Dionysius.. The concerti were originally written for Joseph Leutgeb, a Salzburg natural horn player. Dennis Brain Biography by Brian Wise + Follow Artist. He made the horn very popular among classical music lovers in Britain. Aubrey Brain held the belief that students should not study the horn seriously until the later teenage years, when the teeth and embouchure became fully developed. Brain often asked prolific composers to write new works for him to perform. Profil: British horn player (17 May 1921 – 1 September 1957). 1. He made what many consider the definitive recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's horn concerti. At the age of 21, Brain was appointed to the first horn position in the National Symphony Orchestra. Brain's first recording was of Mozart's Divertimento in D major, K.334 in February 1939 with the Léner Quartet. With the collaboration of Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra, he produced what many still consider to be the definitive recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's horn concerti. In it, he emphasized the importance of the player over the instrument in the production of the perfect tone. Dennis Brain (1921 – 1957) was a very distinguished British horn player and was largely responsible for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the public. Dennis Brain biography and related resources. Brain married Yvonne Brain and had two children: Anthony Paul Brain and Sally Brain. His Mozart recordings inspired Flanders and Swann's Ill Wind and his classical playing inspired future generations of horn players. Albums include Horn Concertos, Horn Concertos, and Horn Concertos Nos. Few instrumentalists of the 20th century did more to establish a solo role for the French horn than Dennis Brain. Under the direction of Herbert von Karajan, Brain performed the organ in a recording of the Easter hymn from Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana in July, 1954. But Sir Thomas Beecham described Brain as a "prodigy"[6] and Noël Goodin characterised him as "the genius who tamed the horn"; his old-fashioned and ill-treated instrument was the same as can be heard in many classic recordings of the time. During the tour, a number of orchestral conductors invited Brain to join their groups after the war, including Leopold Stokowski of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 1–4 for EMI. Dennis Brain (17 May 1921 – 1 September 1957) was a British virtuoso horn player who was largely credited for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the post-war British public. He made the horn very popular among classical music lovers in Britain. Brain also popularized the two Richard Strauss horn concerti. Expanding his interest in the neglected area of chamber music, Brain formed a wind quintet with his brother in 1946. On September 1, 1957, Brain was driving home to London after performing at the Edinburgh Festival with his wind quintet when he was killed in a car accident near Barnet in his Triumph sports car. In 1951, Brain became the first person to perform Joseph Haydn's Horn Concerto No. Among them were Benjamin Britten (Serenade for Tenor and Horn, Canticle III), Malcolm Arnold (Horn Concerto No. Another work commissioned to mark this anniversary is Sequence, for two solo horns and horn quartet, by Robin Wedderburn, Peter Gritton and Ben Parry. 1. Briefly, Brain put together a chamber ensemble consisting of his friends so that he could conduct music. Recordings from the 1950s are still available and many still consider the Brain / Karajan recordings (made in London in 1953) as the definitive edition of the Mozart horn concerti. Brain was both a great horn player and a figure in popular culture, from his recordings of the Mozart concerti to his ridiculous playing of the hosepipe (perfectly in pitch) in one of Gerard Hoffnung's surreal musical extravaganzas. Genres: Concerto, Classical Period, Western Classical Music. Gamble's work is an impressive addition to Petit's. He happened to be in London when Brain was killed, and he wrote the Elegie the next day. Later, he found that he did not have enough time to fill both positions and resigned from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. During the tour, a number of orchestral conductors invited Brain to join their groups after the war, including Leopold Stokowski of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Artist descriptions on Last.fm are editable by everyone. Many composers offered their services to Brain without even being asked. Dennis Brain resided for several years in Hampstead at 37 Frognal. Dans les Groupes: Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble. In 1951 he switched to an Alexander single B♭ instrument, complaining that "they want me to play the right notes all of the time!" The name came from Dionysus, the Greek god of ecstatic states, particularly those produced by wine, which is sometimes said to be derived from the Greek Dios (Διός, "of Zeus") and Nysos or Nysa (Νῦσα), where the young god was raised. Genre/Form: Biographies Biography: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Pettitt, Stephen J., 1945-Dennis Brain. The trio toured Scotland twice and made plans to tour Australia in the winter of 1957. Among them were Benjamin Britten (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Canticle III), Malcolm Arnold (Horn Concerto No. Showing off his humorous style, Brain performed a Leopold Mozart horn concerto on a rubber hose pipe at a Gerard Hoffnung music festival in 1956, trimming the hose to length with garden shears to achieve the correct tuning. It was premiered on September 1 1958, exactly one year after his death, by Neill Scanders and with Poulenc himself on piano. He was son of Aubrey Brain. Few instrumentalists of the twenieth century did more to establish a solo role for an instrument than Dennis Brain. Variantes : Tout Voir | Dennis Brain. The British horn player Dennis Brain (1921–1957) is commonly described by such statements as “the greatest horn player of the 20th Century,” “a genius,” and “a legend.” He was both a prodigy and popularizer, famously performing a concerto on a garden hose in perfect pitch. In November 1953, under the direction of Herbert von Karajan, and accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Brain recorded the Mozart Horn Concertos Nos. 1945 and remained prin. He helped rescue the horn from the obscurity in which it had languished for over a century, and revived the public's faith in it as a major solo instrument. Dennis Brain (born 17 May 1921; died London, 1 September 1957) was a British horn player. On 1 September 1957, at the age of 36, Brain was killed driving home to London after performing the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. When the Royal Air Force Symphony Orchestra was formed Brain joined it. Briefly, Brain put together a chamber ensemble consisting of his friends so that he could conduct music. 三代にわたってホルンの名手を産んだホルン一家の5人目の奏者。 Horn Concerto No. [4] In July 1954, again conducted by Karajan, Brain performed the organ part in a recording of the Easter hymn from Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. Dennis Brain, född 17 maj 1921, död 1 september 1957, var en engelsk valthornist.. Dennis Brain växte upp i en musikalisk familj där hans far, farbror och farfar spelade valthorn.Han visade tidigt intresse för instrumentet och hans debut skedde 1938 då han tillsammans med fadern spelade Johann Sebastian Bachs första Brandenburgkonsert i Queen's Hall. London : Hale, 1989 (OCoLC)671562614 2), Paul Hindemith (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra), York Bowen (Concerto for Horn, Strings and Timpani), Peter Racine Fricker (Horn Sonata), Gordon Jacob (Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra), Mátyás Seiber (Notturno for Horn and Strings), Humphrey Searle (Aubade for Horn and Strings), Ernest Tomlinson (Rhapsody and Rondo for Horn and Orchestra, Romance and Rondo for Horn and Orchestra), Lennox Berkeley (Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano) and Elisabeth Lutyens. He played on a French-style Raoux horn. Eng. Dressler, John C. "Dennis Brain – A Bibliography". Brain also popularized the two Richard Strauss horn concerti. 1 in modern times. Brain's father Aubrey (12 July 1893 – 21 September 1955) was a teacher and held the principal horn position in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, producing the first Mozart horn concerto recording in 1927. By 1945, Brain was the most sought-after horn player in England. The British horn player Dennis Brain (1921–1957) is commonly described by such statements as “the greatest horn player of the 20th Century,” "a genius,” and "a legend." Brain filled the position as principal horn in both. Dennis Brain (17 Mei 1921 – 1 September 1957) was 'n Britse virtuoos horingspeler wat daarmee gekrediteer word dat hy die horing as 'n solo klassieke instrument by die na-oorlogse Britse publiek gepopulariseer het. A February 1944 recording of the Beethoven Horn Sonata reveals a twenty-two-year-old Dennis Brain of extraordinary lyric virtuosity, fluidity, and musical instinct, able to caress notes uncannily and soar effortlessly. The hall to autumn-tinted groves My call transforms 2 publicly with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1948. Leave feedback. 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