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William (Havergal) Brian (1876–1972), was an English composer.

William Brian (he adopted the name "Havergal" from a local family of hymn-writers) was born on 29th January 1876 in Dresden, a district of Stoke-on-Trent, and was one of a very small number of composers to come from the English working class. After attending an elementary school he had difficulty finding any congenial work, and taught himself the rudiments…

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  • Everybody starts with the "Gothic"
  • Havergal Brian - Gothic Symphony (Symphony No. 1) - http://youtu.be/CgUmpSWB-fc
  • Damn, this new Hyperion release of The Gothic is outstanding.
  • Yes, start with the Gothic symphony.
  • the gothic
  • I have no idea where to start
  • It's a shame that Prometheus Unbound was lost.
  • I cannot recommend the EMI double (7, 8, 9, 31) enough - the 7th is a superb Brian introduction (so atmospheric, and almost gothic at times) and this recording of it is amazing. But this collection also has a lot of depth. The 31st is quite challenging despite its short length, meaning that there is a lot to explore with one small budget purchase.
  • OMG, he was so productive!
  • http://www.last.fm/group/Midlanders+UK/connections Join my group if you are from the Midlands!

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