Daniil Nikitich Kashin
Kashin, Daniil Nikitich
Born 1770; died December 1841 in Moscow. Russian composer, painist, violinist, conductor, teacher, and compiler of folk songs.
A serf of G. I. Bibikov, Kashin was first trained in Bibikov’ sorchestra; he later studied with the Italian composer G. Sarti, who was working in Russia at the time. Kashin was freed in1799. He was the first Russian musician to perform many times in Moscow and St. Petersburg, both as a pianist and as a conductor. Between 1833 and 1834 he published three collections of Russian Folk Songs for voice and piano. His musical arrangements were close to the music of art songs. He composed theoperas Natal’ia, the Boyars Daughter (1880) and Olga the Beautiful (1809), instrumental and vocal works, choral works, and songs. During the Patriotic War of 1812 he wrote a number of popular patriotic songs, such as Song to the Don Warriors and The Defenders of the Town of Peter. He published Zhurnal otechestvennoi muzyki (The Journal of Music of the Fatherland), ajournal of music notes. In 1840 he organized the Music Class in Moscow.