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His works are well known in Russia but are rarely heard in this country. They include Dance Suite on Ukrainian Themes (1935), Sinfonietta (1936), Joyful Overture(1937), Trumpet Concerto (1938), Intermezzo (for four trombones, 1973), songs, and dance pieces. In addition, he composed over 70 pieces for band including his five symphonies (1943, 1945, 1950, 1967, and 1977, No.‘s 1 through 5), marches, overtures, poems, rhapsodies, and suites. Symphony No. 3 Slavanskya and Symphony No. 5 almost exclusively are played in our country.
Kozhevnikov wrote five symphonies for band. Recently, his Symphony No. 3 Slavanskya was arranged for the United States Marines, and his Symphony No. 5 was arranged for American bands by Dr. Johnnie Vinson, Director of Bands at Auburn University. The work was premièred at the American Bandmasters Association’s National Convention on March 3, 1999. The Community Band of Brevard is pleased to provide you the second performance of this yet to be published work.
Boris Tikhonovich Kozhevnikov graduated in 1933 from the Kharkov Music-Dramatic Institute where he studied composing and conducting. Following that, he attended the Military School of Music in Moscow. In 1940 he joined the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. He also held posts as conductor for several theaters.