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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Pupils Celebrate Denisov Date

Music-lovers mark 70 years Tuesday since the birth of one of Russia's most important modern composers, Edison Denisov, who died in 1996.

Along with Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke, Denisov, Shostakovich's favorite pupil, stood at the helm of the generation of modernist, nonconformist composers who emerged in the 1950s. While his avant-garde music was found unacceptable to the Soviet regime, he was widely admired and performed abroad, particularly in Western Europe.

A tutor as well as a composer, Denisov is warmly remembered by former students at the Conservatory who have contributed to a new book of memoirs, research and analysis, "Svet. Dobro. Vechnost." or "Light. Good. Eternity." compiled by Conservatory professor Valeria Tsenova. It includes the memoirs of friends and colleagues, among them those of ?migr? artist Boris Birger and director Yury Lyubimov, at whose Theater on the Taganka Denisov worked throughout the 1970s. It also includes many previously unpublished articles by Denisov himself.

"Denisov taught us how to play contemporary music" at a time when the genre was largely inaccessible in Russia, composer Yury Kasparov said at the book's presentation Wednesday.

A concert of Denisov's music will be held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory Small Hall. The program includes Denisov's trio for cello and piano, his clarinet sonata and "Silhouettes" for flute, piano and percussion. Mikhail Dubov is among the soloists.

The Conservatory Small Hall is located at 13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, tel: 229-3681/3957. Metro: Pushkinskaya.