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Koshetz (Nina) collection of vocal music
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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Nina Koshetz collection of vocal music
    Creator: Koshetz, Nina
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC-M.0086
    Physical Description: 1.4 Linear Feet (1 flat box and 1 oversize flat box)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1915-1978
    Abstract: This collection consists of the largely handwritten sheet music of Russian soprano Nina Koshetz. Manuscripts include vocal, full, and other scores for songs and operatic arias performed by Koshetz, by Russian composers Borodin, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky- Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English, French, and Russian.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nina Koshetz Collection of Vocal Music (Collection PASC-M 86). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    Reprocessed in 2015 by Lori Dedeyan.
    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9920275263606533 


    Nina Koshetz (born on Dec. 30, 1894) was a Russian soprano, recital singer, and singing instructor. Born in Kiev to parents who were opera singers, she studied piano and composition at the Moscow Conservatory. She became interested in singing and received voice lessons in France, touring Europe and extensively in Russia throughout the 1910s. During this time she met and worked closely with Sergei Rachmaninoff, who dedicated a cycle of six love songs to her (Opus 38). She moved to the United States in 1920, after the Bolshevik Revolution, appeared as a soloist with major American orchestras, and sang recitals of Russian songs. After moving back to France for a time, she retired to Hollywood in 1940 and devoted herself to teaching (students included Marlene Dietrich, Ann Blyth and Claudette Colbert) and took bit parts in various films. She died on May 14, 1965 in Santa Ana, California.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscript scores, arranged alphabetically by composer, for Koshetz's performances of songs and operatic arias by Russian composers Borodin, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff (with whom she worked personally), Rimsky- Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky. With the exception of one 1978 reproduction, these scores originate from the time of Koshetz's career in the early twentieth century. Most bear annotations.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Music -- Manuscripts.
    Operas -- Excerpts, Arranged -- Scores and parts.
    Koshetz, Nina, 1894-1965--Archives.
    Raab, Leonid