Dennis Brain plays Beethoven’s Horn Sonata in F Op.17
Brain was notoriously careless, his instrument for many years was a French-made piston valve horn with an impressive array of dents, and Britten autographed one score “For Dennis – in case he loses the other one”.
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 TR2 sports car. 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. He was 36 years old at the time of his death.
His headstone is engraved with a passage from Hindemith’s Declamation section from his horn concerto:
My call transforms
The hall to autumn-
What is into what
*Recommended: Brain [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] / Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Paul Dukas, Marin Marais, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by the, Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble and Dennis Brain.
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