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2 French horns, 12-15 strings (126.96.36.199.2 or 188.8.131.52.1 or 184.108.40.206.1)
Philharmonia Orchestra with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain
…offered a wealth of opportunities for horn virtuosity… no less rich in detail was its writing for divided strings, whose continual changes of focus captivated the listeners’ attention. The piece as a whole invoked Brain’s spontaneity and bubbling enthusiasm in a kind of Straussian serenade-like idiom which the still lamented hero of the horn would have relished.