Dennis Brain


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Brain, Dennis,

1921–57, British horn player. Brain studied with his father, Aubrey, at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He played principal horn with first the Royal Philharmonic and then the Philharmonia orchestras. He was killed in an automobile accident. Brain's extraordinary artistry has been preserved on many orchestral and solo recordings. Works were written for him by Hindemith, Britten, and other composers.
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Britten's In Memoriam Dennis Brain remained incomplete but nevertheless a deeply felt tribute in the hands of the horn quartet: Peter Francomb, Chris Griffiths, Joe Walters and Peter Richards.
Written for two astoundingly gifted young men who had just arrived at the height of their powers (Peter Pears and Dennis Brain, the latter tragically killed little more than a decade later), the piece takes no prisoners.
Highlights included a horn concerto for Dennis Brain, an oboe concerto for Leon Goossens and he orchestrated the Genevieve theme for the harmonica player Larry Adler.
Of the several available recordings of this work, the remastered recording by Dennis Brain and Denis Matthews on either Testament (1022) or Pearl (26) reigns supreme.