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William Denis Browne

born: 3 November 1888
died: 4 June 1915
country: United Kingdom

W (William) Denis Browne was a member of the chorus in the 1909 Cambridge University production of Aristophanes’s The Wasps for which Vaughan Williams provided the incidental music. After Rugby (where he started a lifelong friendship with Rupert Brooke), he entered Clare College, Cambridge, in 1907 to read classics, but quickly became involved in the university’s music-making and drama activities. By 1910 he was studying music and was organ scholar at Clare. He received encouragement from Edward Dent, and through him met Busoni with whom he stayed in Germany in the summer of 1912. He took his BMus the same year, then moved to London where he became part of Edward Marsh’s artistic circle, wrote trenchant criticism for The Times and The New Statesman, and performed as organist and pianist (he gave the first British performance of Berg’s Piano Sonata). He was killed in the Gallipoli campaign, not long after he had buried Brooke on the island of Skyros. His compositional legacy was minimal, including an incomplete ballet and a handful of songs; these, nevertheless, indicate an outstanding musical mind.

from notes by Andrew Burn 2003

Albums
'Hyperion monthly sampler – August 2014' (HYP201408)
Hyperion monthly sampler – August 2014
HYP201408  Download-only monthly sampler August 2014 Release  
'Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad; Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel' (CDA67378)
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad; Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
MP3 £6.40FLAC £6.40ALAC £6.40Buy by post £8.40 CDA67378  Composers of World War I  
'War's Embers' (CDD22026)
War's Embers
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £27.98 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDD22026  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service  
'War's Embers' (CDH55237)
War's Embers
MP3 £4.00FLAC £4.00ALAC £4.00Buy by post £4.40 CDH55237  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I  
'A Treasury of English Song' (HYP30)
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for download HYP30  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Complete works available for download
Arabia Martyn Hill (tenor), Clifford Benson (piano)
Diaphenia Christopher Maltman (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Diaphenia Martyn Hill (tenor), Clifford Benson (piano)
Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy Christopher Maltman (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy Martyn Hill (tenor), Clifford Benson (piano)
To Gratiana dancing and singing Christopher Maltman (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
To Gratiana dancing and singing Martyn Hill (tenor), Clifford Benson (piano)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Arabia (Browne)
Diaphenia (Browne)
Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy (Browne)
Far are the shades of Arabia  First line to Arabia (Browne)
See! with what constant motion  First line to To Gratiana dancing and singing (Browne)
To Gratiana dancing and singing (Browne)
Weep with me all ye that read  First line to Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy (Browne)
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