Bogoslovsky, Nikita


Nikita Vladimirovich Bogoslovsky is one of the outstanding Russian composers, conductors, pianists and writers.

He was born on May 22, 1913 in St. Petersburg. From 1920 to 1929, he studied at sovtrudschool in Leningrad. The outstanding classic of Russian music A. Glazunov was one of his first teachers.

His first composition was a waltz, which he wrote at the age of 8 years old and dedicated it to the birthday of Leonid Utesov daughter. At the age of 15, his operetta "A Midsummer Night's Dream" premiered in Leningrad Theatre of musical Comedy.

Since 1930, he studied composition in the Leningrad Conservatory and successfully graduated from it in 1934.

Since 1937, Bogoslovsky was composing music for movies. He became famous after his first film - “Treasure Island”, where Jenny sang his song to the poem of V. Lebedev-Kumach.

Later he moved to Moscow and wrote such songs as "Beloved city" (words by E. Dolmatovsky, movie "Fighters", 1939), "Dark mounds are sleeping" (words by B. Laskin, movie "A Great Life", 1940).

During the war, the composer was employed at Kiev Film Studio (nowadays Dovzhenko Film Studio). Together with other employers, he was evacuated to Tashkent.

There he the songs that became the classical ones. They are "Elizaveta" (1942, verses by E. Dolmatovsky, the movie "Alexander Parkhomenko"), Dark Is the Night", Scows, Full of Mullet" (verses by V. Agatov, the movie “Two Soldiers”, 1942), “Soldiers’ Waltz” (words by V. Dykhovichny, 1944).

After the war, Bogoslovsky wrote several more songs. "Three years I dreamed of you" is among them.

N. Bogoslovsky left a great musical heritage – great number of symphonic and chamber music, compositions for musical theaters, songs and music for films and cartoons, eight symphonies, which he wrote in the period from 1940 to 1991, symphonic novel "Vasili Tyorkin" (1950-1963), two string quartets (1931, 1988), musical dramas based on Alexander Blok poems "The unknown” (1972) and "A Penny Gaff" (1976), ballet "Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors" (1953), one-act Sol Opera (1932-1980), 17 operettas and musical comedies, including "Eleven unknown persons" (1946), "Spring in Moscow" (1972), "The sailor" (1943), "Hello, Warsaw!" (1967) and others.

He died on April 4, 2004 in Moscow. Buried at the Novodevichy cemetery.