Brain married Yvonne Brain and had two children: Anthony Paul Brain and Sally Brain. Gamble, Stephen and William C. Lynch. He was both a prodigy and popularizer, famously performing a concerto on a garden hose in perfect pitch. 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. In 1951 he switched to an Alexander single B♭ instrument, complaining that "they want me to play the right notes all of the time!" 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. 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. Overview Dennis Brain is recognized as perhaps the greatest horn player the world has known. 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. 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. 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. 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. 1, October 1991. Few instrumentalists of the 20th century did more to establish a solo role for the French horn than Dennis Brain. In 1951, Brain became the first person in modern times to perform Joseph Haydn's Horn Concerto No. 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。 player of French horn, son of Aubrey Brain.Played 1st hn. Briefly, Brain put together a chamber ensemble consisting of his friends so that he could conduct music. 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. While there, he continued his piano studies under Max Pirani and organ under G.D. Cunningham. 1 in modern times. Artist descriptions on Last.fm are editable by everyone. 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. Horn Concerto No. His grandfather, father and two uncles were all horn players, while Leonard, his older brother by six years, played the oboe and cor anglais. The Horn Call, Vol. Dennis Brain was born on 17 May 1921 into a prodigiously gifted musical family. 2 in E-flat Major K. 417, Horn Concerto No. That ensemble went on a goodwill tour of the United States. Many people thought of him as the greatest horn player ever. 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. Expanding his interest in the neglected area of chamber music, Brain formed a wind quintet with his brother in 1946. Dennis Brain was born on 17 May 1921 into a prodigiously gifted musical family. All user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. 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. 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. Before this book, the only biography available was the one by Stephen Petit written shortly after his death. During these years, Brain studied piano and organ. Dennis Brain discography and songs: Music profile for Dennis Brain, born 17 May 1921. This page was last edited on 10 November 2020, at 05:57. 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. 2, April 1991. Leave feedback. Dennis Brain: A Biography. During the tour, a number of orchestral conductors invited Brain to join their groups after the war, including Leopold Stokowski of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 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. The concerti were originally written for Joseph Leutgeb, a Salzburg natural horn player. Dennis Brain (May 17, 1922 - September 1, 1957) is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished French horn players of all time. His grandfather, Alfred Edwin Brain sr. (1860-02-04 - 1925-10-25), was considered one of the top horn soloists of his time. Giovanni Punto inspired Beethoven to write for horn; Brain inspired Benjamin Britten, Malcolm Arnold and Michael Tippett. Gamble's work is an impressive addition to Petit's. He played on a French-style Raoux horn. Dennis Brain Biography by Brian Wise + Follow Artist. 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 publicly with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1948. in inaugural concert of Philharmonia Orch. His brother, Leonard Brain (1915 - 1975) was an oboist and performed with Dennis in a wind quintet that Dennis formed. 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. He was the second to perform the Horn Concerto No. Gamble Sites: Wikipedia. Brain also popularized the two Richard Strauss horn concerti. Few instrumentalists of the twenieth century did more to establish a solo role for an instrument than Dennis Brain. At an early age, Brain was allowed to blow a few notes on his father's horn every Saturday morning. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. 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. 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. At the age of 21, Brain was appointed to the first horn position in the National Symphony Orchestra. Brain also popularized the two Richard Strauss horn concerti. In it, he emphasized the importance of the player over the instrument in the production of the perfect tone. Dennis Brain was born in London into a family already well known for producing fine horn players. 1. Brain filled the position as principal horn in both. He happened to be in London when Brain was killed, and he wrote the Elegie the next day. 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". 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. It was premiered on September 1 1958, exactly one year after his death, by Neill Scanders and with Poulenc himself on piano. Later, he found that he did not have enough time to fill both positions and resigned from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. My call transforms Read Full Biography. 1–4 for EMI. 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. Most of the additions and corrections contained in the present list were brought to my attention by Dr. Stephen J. Dennis Brain (born 17 May 1921; died London, 1 September 1957) was a British horn player. Genres: Concerto, Classical Period, Western Classical Music. The trio toured Scotland twice and made plans to tour Australia in the winter of 1957. 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. 1. Among them were Benjamin Britten (Serenade for Tenor and Horn, Canticle III), Malcolm Arnold (Horn Concerto No. By 1945, Brain was the most sought-after horn player in England. In 1951, Brain switched to the German-style Alexander horn. This tenure did not last long as he was soon conscripted into the armed forces with his brother in World War II. 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. London: Robert Hale, 1976. He was son of Aubrey Brain. 3 in E-flat Major K. 447, Horn Concerto No. 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. 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. 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. 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. During the tour, a number of orchestral conductors invited Brain to join their groups after the war, including Leopold Stokowski of the Philadelphia Orchestra. [2] Both brothers joined the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. At the age of 21, Brain was appointed to the first horn position in the National Symphony Orchestra. It also includes research notes pertaining to the publication of the 2011 biography, Dennis Brain : a life in music. [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. [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 resided for several years in Hampstead at 37 Frognal. After the war, Walter Legge and Sir Thomas Beecham founded the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively. This tenure did not last long as he was soon conscripted into the armed forces with his brother in World War II. 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. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Genre/Form: Biographies Biography: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Pettitt, Stephen J., 1945-Dennis Brain. • Concertonet.com, Instruments of Mass Seduction II: The Horn; 11 May 2004 When the Royal Air Force Symphony Orchestra was formed Brain joined it. Michael Thompson also took part in this work's premiere, along with Richard Watkins. It was premiered on 1 September 1958, exactly one year after Brain's death, by Neill Sanders and with Poulenc himself on piano. 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. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. London : Hale, 1989 (OCoLC)671562614 He studied at the Royal Academy of Music under his father's tutelage. The beauty of Brain's music and the tragedy of his death captured the public imagination like no British horn player before or since. In 1943, Brain's solo career truly began when Benjamin Britten wrote his Serenade for Tenor and Horn for Peter Pears and Brain. Later, he found that he did not have enough time to fill both positions and resigned from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He made the horn very popular among classical music lovers in Britain. 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. Brain was interred at Hampstead Cemetery in London. During his short life he became world-famous. By 1945, Brain was the most sought-after horn player in England. XXI, No. Showing all 3 items. Brain also founded a trio with pianist Wilfrid Parry and violinist Jean Pougnet. Brain often asked prolific composers to write new works for him to perform. Brain's first recording was of Mozart's Divertimento in D Major K. 334 in February, 1939 with the Lener Quartet. Aubrey Brain produced the first Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart horn concerto recording in 1927. During these years, Brain studied piano and organ. 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. Brain often asked composers to write new works for him to perform. In 1943, Brain's solo career truly began when Benjamin Britten wrote his Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings for Peter Pears and Brain. Eng. Fifty horn players subscribed £50 each towards this commission, underwritten by Windblowers of Nottingham. until his death although, apart from 1949–50, he was also prin. 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. hn. Dressler, John C. "Dennis Brain – A Bibliography". 1. Profil: British horn player (17 May 1921 – 1 September 1957). They performed Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 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. [1] He was scheduled for a recording session of Strauss's Capriccio with the conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch the next morning in London. What is into what Evidence of Brain's skill at composition was shown when he composed the cadenzas for the first and third concerti for his recordings. He made what many consider the definitive recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's horn concerti. Showing off his humorous style, Brain performed a Leopold Mozart horn concerto on rubber hosepipes at a Gerard Hoffnung music festival in 1956. Tina Brain, one of Leonard's children (Dennis's niece), became a professional horn player. Brain made a radio program entitled The Early Horn in 1955. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. [3] He was 24 years old at the time. Dennis Brain biography and related resources. [2] Brain filled the position as principal horn in both. This group eventually grew in size and toured in (Germany), Italy and Austria. Dennis Brain is recognized as perhaps the greatest horn player the world has known. Brain debuted in performance on 6 October 1938, playing second horn under his father with the Busch Chamber Players at the Queen's Hall. Trivia (1) Virtuoso horn player from a family of professional musicians. Among them were Benjamin Britten (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Canticle III), Malcolm Arnold (Horn Concerto No. He was the third to perform the Horn Concerto No. The Legacy of Dennis Brain. * The Legacy of Dennis Brain (www.dennisbrain.com) * Discography * Photo, * Petitt, Stephen. As a French horn fan, I've always been on the lookout for information about Dennis Brain. 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. Both brothers joined the Royal Air Force Central Band. This group eventually grew in size and toured in Germany, Italy and Austria. 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. Francis Poulenc wrote Elegy for Horn and Piano to commemorate Brain's death. After the war, Walter Legge and Thomas Beecham founded the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively. His father injured himself in a fall and lost much of his stamina to play. Evidence of Brain's skill at composition was shown when he composed the cadenzas for the first and third concerti for his recordings. 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. That ensemble went on a goodwill tour of the United States. In November 1953, under the direction of Herbert von Karajan, and accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Brain recorded the Mozart Horn Concertos Nos. He made the horn very popular among classical music lovers in Britain. 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. Dennis or Denis is a first or last name from the Greco-Roman name Dionysius, via one of the Christian saints named Dionysius.. Many composers offered their services to Brain without even being asked. A Premature EndBrain's grave in LondonEnlargeBrain's grave in London. Brain's first recording was of Mozart's Divertimento in D major, K.334 in February 1939 with the Léner Quartet. Brain produced a radio programme entitled The Early Horn in 1955. He was educated at St Paul’s School in Hammersmith where he studied piano and organ. Francis Poulenc wrote Elegie for Horn and Piano to commemorate Brain's death. 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. Feel free to contribute! Biography. British horn player (Born 17 May 1921 London, England, UK – Died 1 September 1957 Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK). XXII, no. 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