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Brain, Dennis (b London, 1921; d in car crash, Hatfield, 1957). Eng. player of French horn, son of Aubrey Brain. Played 1st hn. in inaugural concert of Philharmonia Orch. 1945 and remained prin. hn. until his death although, apart from 1949–50, he was also prin. hn. of Beecham's RPO 1946–54, touring USA with it in late 1950. Frequent conc. soloist, and founder of Dennis Brain Wind Ens. (Salzburg Fest. 1957). Regarded as finest virtuoso of his day. Britten, Hindemith, Lutyens, Malcolm Arnold, and others comp. works for him.

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Brain, Dennis

Dennis Brain, 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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