Denis Matthews in Royal Academy of Music, London - 1937

from In Pursuit of Music, page 115:

I first met him [Dennis Brain] in 1937 when the Academy opera-class was rehearsing Puccini’s Trittico: in the second of these three one-act operas, Suor Angelica, I had been enlisted to play the ‘pianoforte interno’, an off-stage effect whose main purpose was to keep the equally invisible chorus in time and in tune; but my ears were constantly distracted by an unusually eloquent sound coming from the wind department in front.  ‘That’s Dennis, the son of Aubrey Brain,’ it was whispered.  

cite as

Denis Matthews, In Pursuit of Music (London, 1966), p. 115. accessed: 18 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Academy of Music, London


Denis Matthews
Broadcaster, Musicologist, Pianist

Listening to

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Suor Angelica
written by Giacomo Puccini
performed by Students at the Royal Academy of Music, Dennis Brain

Experience Information

Date/Time 1937
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:39:52 +0100
Approved on Tue, 16 May 2017 16:36:55 +0100