Edison Invents (2005)

For Baritone and Orchestra. Commissioned by the Westfield Symphony and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation with a libretto by Grammy Award winning Herschel Garfein, this unique which combines theatrical and symphonic elements to dramatize the life of Thomas Edison, a great and often underrated American whose inventions literally changed the everyday life of people around the world. The basic theme of the piece is a consideration of how Edison, like many great figures of history, compromised his personal relationships in order to achieve greatness.
Music by Robert S. Cohen, Libretto by Herschel Garfein
Ron Bohmer, Baritone
Westfield Symphony, David Wroe, Conductor
Recorded 9 Apr 05, Union County Arts Center, Rahway, New Jersey

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