Dennis Brain

(May 17th, 1921 - Sept.1st, 1957)


Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata op.17


Dennis Brain, horn & Denis Matthews, piano

Introduction by Barry Tuckwell



Picture with kind permission by Gebr.Alexander - Mainz  



This project has been made possible by the most generous permission by Revd. John N. Wates & Barry Tuckwell.

10% of the list price will go to Mrs.Yvonne Brain

 Thanks to Tony Catterick & Peter Steidle for their support (pictures).


   Dennis Brain at age 17 (?)


Track info:      (1)            news clips & pictures

(2)            11:52 Introduction (Tuckwell)

        (3)            2:36 Introducing the horn (Brain)

        (4)            8:05 Sonata 1st movement

         (5)            6:36 Sonata 2nd & 3rd movement & credits

        (6)            14:04        Bonus 1

        (7)            20:10        Bonus 2

        (8)            1:52          Bonus 3 Audio (short call, long call)

Total playing time: 71:10


Find the pdf.files of the pictures in folder “custom” as pictures.pdf & pictures2.pdf 


Copying this DVD is strictly prohibited.

© Copyright 2007 by Hans Pizka Edition, D-85551 Kirchheim

email:   - region free – runs on NTSC & PAL, PC &  MAC



Hello friends,

The Dennis Brain DVD (Beethoven Sonata incl. an introduction of the > natural horn & his horn - black & white, plus a long introduction to Dennis Brain as artist & human being by Barry Tuckwell - colour) is now at the production facilities. It should be mailed out to single  customers on Sept.1st, 2007 - the anniversary of his tragic death.


The price will be:

E.U. / Euro zone: EUR 17.85 plus shipping 4.50 - or shipped without case but all cards & booklet EUR 2.- This prices include 19% VAT : Total: EUR 22,35 / EUR 19,85 (without case)

Orders from overseas:

EUR 15.- (DVD) - VAT free, shipment without case only; shipment will contain all cards, so to insert in the case you get everywhere for few cents: airmail registered letter EUR 6.05 = total: 21,05 EUR

Orders from Germany:

EUR 17,85 + 1,95 = 19,80 EUR (incl. case & VAT 19%)

Please feel free to place your orders now.

Payment to my Paypal account

You can be sure to get one of the earliest film documents of soloistic horn playing. The text, spoken by Barry Tuckwell, is in the booklet. Listenb to the voice of Dennis Brain, admire his art, enjoy Barry Tuckwell´s introduction. The film is remastered, the DVD comes in NTSC & runs on all machines including our European PAL machines. Finally, I received some very nice unpublished pictures of Dennis Brain, some news paper clips by friends, which I could include to the DVD. The news paper clips are displayed but come also as scroll text for easier reading. To fill the DVD I included three surprising bonuses (2 films & one audio + still cartoon) and there are two pdf.files with the new pictures so to download and print.

10% of the sales will go to Yvonne Brain, widow of Dennis Brain.


If some individuals are interested to buy more than one copy the same time, let me know & we will make a deal by saving shipment expenses or else.

Write to me:

You might order directly. If there will be dealers in your country (mail orders), I will point you to them later.

There is one already for Japan: ELMO Ltd.

All payment from outside the EURO-ZONE should be made via Paypal only (account = my email ID Orders from within the EURO-ZONE are to be paid via Bank transfer at maximum bank charge of EUR 1.-


The bonuses contain:

Bonus 1: Weber op.45 w/orch TV Bangkok H.Pizka playing

Bonus 2: Beethoven Sonata op.17 played on hand horn incl. longer

Introduction & demo of the natural horn, videotaped by the Shenyang Conservatory TV team, H.Pizka playing & Gliere: Intermezzo on double horn (same concert)

Bonus 3: cartoon w/H.Pizka as Dragon killing Siegfried underlaid by Short Call & Long Call (audio, from actual performances)


Inofficial: 2 pdf files with the pictures for easy print at home (high resolution where possible).