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The Russian composer named after Thomas Edison

Tom Jackson • Jul 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Here's a bit of Thomas Edison trivial you may not know: A Russian composer was named after him.

Edison Denisov (1929-1996), a modernist whose way-out symphonies, chamber music works and other works sometimes struggled to win a performance in his native country, was born in Siberia. According to Denisov's Wikipedia biography, his radio physicist father named him in honor of Thomas Edison.

While Denisov never gained the fame of composers such as Dimitry Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev, he wasn't a nobody, either. Much of his music has been recorded and can be purchased at Amazon.com and other sites. (Amazon offers dozens of CDs for sale that include his pieces.) Like many other important Russian composers, he was denounced by state officials for being too avant-garde.

One of my hobbies is modern Russian classical music, so I have some recordings of his music. I like his Second Symphony.

— Tom Jackson

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