Finding Aid for the Nina Koshetz Collection of Vocal Music PASC-M.0086

Finding aid prepared by UCLA Library Special Collections staff, Caroline Cubé.
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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.

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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.

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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

box 1, folder 1

Borodin (orchestration by Rimsky- Korsakov): Prince Igor- Jaroslavna's aria undated

box 1, folder 2

Glinka: Ruslan And Lyudmila- Gorislava's aria undated

box 1, folder 3

Mussorgsky: The Fair at Sorochyntsi- Parassia's Reverie undated

box 1, folder 4

Rachmaninoff: Georgian Song (Sing Not to Me, Beautiful Maiden), Op.4 No.4 1922

box 1, folder 5-6

Rachmaninoff: All- Night Vigil- Glory to God in the Highest, Op.37 circa 1915

box 2, folder 1

Rimsky-Korsakov: Eastern Romance (The Rose Has Charmed the Nightingale), Op.2 No.2 undated

box 2, folder 2

Rimsky-Kosakov: In Spring, Op.43 No.1 undated

box 2, folder 3

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride undated

box 2, folder 4

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko- Berceuse undated

box 2, folder 5-6

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades- Lisa's aria undated

box 2, folder 7

Tchaikovsky songbook- Queen of Spades (photocopy) 1978