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Bibliography And Suggested Reading

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Boult, Sir Adrian Cedric C.H., My Own Trumpet, Hamish Hamilton, 1973

Brain, Aubrey, The Horn of Many Colors. A Talk on the French Horn in Music and Youth Magazine (Sibelius edition), Vol. 3, No.4, 1928, pp.97-98

Brain, Aubrey, The German Horn, in Monthly Musical Record 1 July 1931, vol.61, no.727, p.195

Brockway, Oliver, England – The Last Stronghold Of The French F Horn, in Cousins, Farquharson, On Playing The Horn, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Caron Publications, 1992, pp.60-63.

Civil, Alan, sleeve notes to LP, Aubrey Brain, Pearl Opal 805 (1982)

Cousins, Farquharson, On Playing The Horn, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Caron Publications, 1992, p.17 (Aubrey’s horn sound during the 1930s and his mouthpiece), p.23 (Aubrey’s sustained notes, half an hour every morning), p.33 (Aubrey’s handling of the horn solo in the slow movement of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony), p.53 (Aubrey’s dismay that Dennis Brain had changed to a B flat instrument.)

Dyment, Christopher: Albert Coates Discography in Recorded Sound  lvii-lviii 1975, pp.386-405

Gamble, Stephen, Aubrey Brain: A Tribute in Horn Magazine, vol.1, no.2 Spring, 1993, pp.8-10

Elkin, Robert, Royal Philharmonic. The Annals of The Royal Philharmonic Society Forward by Pau Casals. London, Rider and Company Bedford Square, London, 68 Fleet Street 1948, pp.148-160

Elkin, Robert, Queen’s Hall 1893-1941. Forward by Dr Malcolm Sargent. London, Melbourne and New York. Rider & Co, Bedford Square

Ehrlich, Cyril, First Philharmonic, A History of the Royal Philharmonic Society, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1955, Appendix 3, pp.275-277

Fifield, Christopher, True Artist, and True Friend, A Biography of Hans Richter. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1993, p.421

Foreman, Lewis, Bax A Composer and His Times. London, Scolar Press (James Price Publishing Limited), 1983, pp.304, 430

Jackson, Gerald, First Flute, London, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 1968, pp.39, 66, p.135 (LSO personnel, April 1928), p.139 (BBC SO personnel, May 1939)

Jacobs, Arthur, Henry J. Wood Maker of the Proms. London, Methuen, 1994

Jefferson, Alan, Sir Thomas Beecham A Centenary Tribute. London, Macdonald and Jane’s, 1979

Kirby, Percival R., Stanford – as I knew him Fifty-five Years ago in R.C.M. Magazine, Christmas Term 1966, vol.lxii, no.3, p.81

Meckna, Michael, Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists. Westport Connecticut and London, Greenwood Press, 1994, pp.38-40

Moore, Stephen S., Meet The Orchestra! London, Edinburgh, New York, Toronto and Paris, [n.d. circa 1938] This book is illustrated with photographs of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, including one of Aubrey Brain playing his horn on page 32.  Also in this book, fig 23, “The Brass Family” page 40 shows the horn quartet, Aubrey Brain on the end of the right side of the section with the trumpets and trombones.  Like Dennis after him, Aubrey chose to sit on the right end of the horn section.

Morley-Pegge, Reginald, The French Horn. Some Notes on the Evolution of the Instrument and of its Technique. New York, Philosophical Library, 1960, (2nd edition 1973) pp.73, 116, 120, 147-9, 168-9.

Palmer, Russell, British Music, An Encyclopoedia of British Musicians. Forward by Sir Malcolm Sargent. London, Skelton Robinson, 1947, pp.39-40 & superb photo, especially clear of the embouchure, playing in BBC Symphony horn section (full-page plate opposite page 24). The photo must date no later than the prom season of 1945 when Aubrey retired.

Payne, Arthur C., Stars Of The Record World Mr. Aubrey Brain, in Gramophone And Talking Machine News, vol.xix, no.443B, September 1927,  pp.290-92

Pettitt, Stephen, Dennis Brain, a Biography. London, Robert Hale 2nd edition, 1989. The most important published source of information on Aubrey Brain.

Prowse, Martin, The Unfamiliar Dennis Brain, in Audio Record Review, October 1969, pp.678-9.  Although an article about Dennis, the author compares and contrasts Dennis’s art on records with that of his father.

Prowse, Martin, Aubrey Brain’s Horn in Horn Magazine, vol.2, no.3, Summer 1994, pp.22-23. The article (p.22) describes the horn as made to the Raoux design by Labbaye who were owners of the Raoux firm at the time (1862) and on the horn is stamped “Raoux Fournisseur du Conservatoire Rue des Minimes 14 à Paris.”  This is in addition to the stamp of J.C.Labbaye.

Rees, Jasper, I Found My Horn, One Man’s Struggle with the Orchestra’s Most Difficult Instrument. London, Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, 2008, pp.182, 183, 191, 203, 244, 258, 266-67

Ronald, Sir Landon, Myself And Others. Written Lest I Forget. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd. [n.d.], p.27

Salter, Lionel, sleeve notes to EMI CD 0777 7 64495 2 4 (1992)

Short, Michael, Gustav Holst, The Man and His Music. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1990. page 215

Thompson, Kenneth,  A Dictionary of 20th Century Composers 1911-1971. London, Faber & Faber, 1973

Tuckwell, Barry, Horn. New York, Schirmer books, 1983

Wagstaff, Ian, Under the Microphone, in The Horn Magazine, Vol.1, No.2, Spring 1993, pp.14-17.  This article includes (page 17) “The BBCSO Horn Section since 1930”

Wagstaff, Ian, Dennis Brain’s Horn Played in Public, in Horn Magazine, vol.10, no.2, Dec. 2002, pp.6-8.  Illustrated are photographs of Aubrey Brain’s grand-daughter, Tina Brain (the only current member of the family to continue the tradition of horn playing) and Derek Taylor, holding Aubrey’s horn which is now in the York Gate Collection, Royal Academy.

Wagstaff, Ian, In The Family, in Horn Magazine, vol.10, no.2, Dec. 2002, p.9. Article about Tina Brain, seen playing Dennis Brain’s reconstructed Alexander, and her grandfather’s Raoux.

Walker, Malcolm, sleeve notes to LP Dr Adrian Boult, Pearl GEMM 264 (1983)

Walker, Malcolm, sleeve notes to EMI CD Great Recordings of the Century. Dennis and Aubrey Brain. EMI CDH 7 64198 2

Wates, John, Recordings by Dennis and Aubrey Brain EMI Classics CDH 7 64198 2 in Horn Magazine, vol.1, no.1, Winter 1992, p.42 This reviews the EMI CD that produced the first CD reissue of the Mozart Divertimento K.334 and Mozart Third Concerto (with Aubrey Brain and the BBCSO, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult).

Wehrung, Brendan, William Mengelberg: Available Recordings:

See The Mengelberg Edition Vol.5 for BBC archive recordings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1938. Previously unissued recordings including another Mendelssohn Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wood, Sir Henry J.,  My Life Of Music, London, Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1938, pp.292, 237

Young, Kenneth, Music’s Great Days in the Spas and Watering-Places. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd. 1968

Anon, Famous Orchestral Players X. Aubrey Brain in Musical News And Herald, 29 Nov. 1924, p.479


Smith, Michael, and Andrews, Frank, Voices of the Past Vol.10. The Gramophone Company Ltd. His Master’s Voice Recordings Plum Label “C” Series (12 inch). The Oakwood Press 1974

Smith, Michael, The Gramophone Company Ltd. His Master’s Voice Black Label 12 and 10 inch “D” and “E” Series of 78 rpm Records. Complete and numerical listing. Witley Press, Hunstanton, England 2001

Smith, Michael, and Cosens, Ian, Hyde, John, The Columbia Gramophone Company Limited and English Celebrity Issues D and LB series, L and LX series, X and PB series, 7000 and PX series, ROX and SDX and YB series. Oakwood Press (no date)

Smith, Michael, Andrews, Frank, Ernest and Ernie Bayly Jnr., Columbia Graphophone Company Limited Columbia “DX” and “YBX” 12 inch Series of 78 RPM Discs 1930-1959, A Discography. Matrix Publishing, 1997

Taylor, Ronald, Columbia Twelve-Inch Records in the United Kingdom 1906-1930 A Discography. Symposium Records, 1994

Record Company Catalogues

His Master’s Voice. Catalogue of Records Issued between January 1st and December 31st 1935. The Gramophone Company Ltd., London, E.C.1. 1935. Of particular use as a shortlist is Section I – Full Symphonic Orchestra, pp.222-226

His Masters Voice Records for the Connoisseur. First edition, October 1931; revised December 1934. The Gramophone Company Ltd., London, E.C.1

His Master’s Voice. Recorded Entertainment 1954-55. Standard 78 rpm- Long Play 33 rpm, 7-inch 45 rpm. London, The Gramophone Company Limited 8-11 Great Castle Street, London W.1

The National Gramophonic Society. Catalogue of Records 1934. Published under the auspices of Gramophone (Publications) Ltd. 10A Soho Square, London W.1

Manuscript (Anon)

Denhof Opera Tour, Autumn 1913

Torquay Festival 1914

Sir Thomas Beecham. Columbia (Electrical) Recordings With the Old Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Thomas Beecham. Columbia Recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra

List of personnel: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 1915/16

List of personnel: London Symphony Orchestra. 1925, 1928

Sir Thomas Beecham. Acoustical Recordings Not Issued


Columbia Recordings with London Symphony Orchestra

Suggested Reading

Ashman, M., Boult Discography in Records and Recording, xvii, 7 1974, 17; supplement., xviii/ 5 1975, 7

Foss, H., and Goodwin, N., London Symphony: Portrait of an Orchestra, London, 1954

Ovitsky, Steve, Sotone Historic Recordings (Aubrey Brain) URL:

Rust, Brian and Brooks, Tim, eds. The Columbia Master Book Discography  Westport, Connecticut, Greenwood Press, 1999. 4 vols

Shore, B., The Orchestra Speaks. London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1938

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