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The William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection consists of commercial and unpublished orchestral and solo recordings on tape, compact disc, 33rpm long play and 78rpm records, VHS video cassette, hardcopy files or research notes, sheet music, photo album and books pertaining to the Dennis Brain era from the late 1930’s to his death just prior to September 1957. It also includes research notes pertaining to the donor and co-author publication of their 2011 book Dennis Brain A Life in Music. The digitized collection is believed to be the most comprehensive audio collection of works performed by Dennis Brain of its kind in the world.
12 boxes: Approximately one hundred and twenty-two non-commercial compact discs averaging four separate works per disc; forty-nine LP recordings, twelve 78rpm recordings, thirty-three commercially released compact disc recordings in addition to a special commercially released EMI Classics collection consisting of fifty-eight analog cassette tape recordings, A thirteen compact disc special collection retailed in Japan only containing rare works; five commercial and non-commercial compact disc recordings of Kaoru Chiba (1928-2008), Dennis Brain’s most prominent student, four photographs contributed by Ms. Mako Rova from the United States who attended Kaoru Chiba’s Celebration of Life in Japan at noon, June 28, 2008 at Blue Rose (Small Hall) in Suntory Hall, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Six books of historical interest pertaining to the “Brain” era complementing the current inventory at the Stanford Library, sheet music in part consisting of rare works performed by Dennis Brain some of which are no longer obtainable; a photo catalog consisting of numerous commercially licensed photos and non-commercially released photos of Brain including his very early years and while on US tour; research notes from numerous publications about Brain including critic reviews and those from conductors and composers with whom he worked; correspondences and notes pertaining to the Sotheby auction of his Music Library; a VHS recording showing Brain performing the Beethoven Sonata; a softcopy and a VHS recording of Brain appearing at The British Pathe’ Film of the 1955 Edinburgh Festival published in 1955, filmed on 1 September 1954 at the rehearsal outside Usher Hall narrated by Alistair Simm in which Brain is seen and heard performing the Siegfried Horn Call; other miscellaneous subject matter used as source material in the June 2011 publication of his definitive biography, Dennis Brain A Life in Music, The University of North Texas Press.
Gift; William C. Lynch; 2012.
Dennis Brain, English horn player and son of the great horn player Aubrey Brain (1893–1955), made his debut with the Busch Chamber Players in 1938. He became principal of the original Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia as well as establishing a celebrated solo career, which did much to popularize the instrument. Britten, Hindemith, Malcolm Arnold, Lutyens, and Gordon Jacob wrote works for him. He had a phenomenal technique, a rounded tone, eloquent phrasing, and felicitous tonguing in a concerto repertory ranging from Mozart to Richard Strauss.