Tovey, Sir Donald Francis, 1875-1940 (Reid Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh)
- Existence: 1875-1940
Donald Francis Tovey was born at Eton on 17 July 1875. His father was an Assistant Master at Eton College. He was educated privately by the music and general teacher Miss Sophie Weisse (1851-1945) and later on studied under Sir Walter Parratt (1841-1924) and Sir C. H. Parry (1848-1918). Tovey then won a music scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with a BA, Classical honours, in 1898. As a pianist, a series of chamber music concerts followed in London, Berlin and Vienna where he played with Halle, Joachim, Hausmann, Casals, and other artists. He also composed. In 1914 he was appointed to the Reid Chair of Music at Edinburgh University in succession to Professor Niecks (1845-1924). As Professor he broadened the music curriculum by instituting classes in musical interpretation, orchestration, history and analysis, thorough-bass, score reading, and advanced counter-point and composition. Tovey also established and conducted the Reid Orchestra and organised an annual series of concerts. His musical compositions were in many forms including chamber music, symphony, grand opera and concerto, and probably the most famous was his opera The bride of Dionysus produced in Edinburgh in 1929. His literary publications include the six volumes of Essays in musical analysis (1935-1939), and A musician talks (1941). Tovey was knighted in 1935. Sir Donald Francis Tovey died on 10 July 1940.
Found in 2126 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Card, 29 December [n.y], Miss. Wallace to Robert and Elizabeth Trevelyan. Inviting the Trevelyan's to a celebration on the occasion of the forthcoming marriage between Clara Wallace and Donald Francis Tovey. Typescript.
Dates: c 29 December 1914
Envelope with clippings of obituaries for two of Joachim's friends: Sir Donald Tovey and Mrs Edward Speyer, 12 July 1940; October 1939
Scope and Contents From the Series: This series comprises newspaper clippings in German and in English dating from 1874 to 1989, on various subjects and events relating to Joachim such as celebrations in his honour, Jubilee concerts, obituaries after his death, anniversary events, etc.
Dates: Majority of material found within 12 July 1940; October 1939
Scope and Contents Letter ( post script), , Canstatt, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Description of a production of Salome and a Roger concert, and news of Swoboda. Holograph signed, post-script of L669.
Scope and Contents Letter, 4 January [n.y], Chichester, Hugh Allen to 'a Professor'. Inviting the recipient to join the committee of the Tovey memorial fund. Holograph signed.
Dates: c 04 January 1940
Scope and Contents Letter, 17 January 1943, Oxford, Hugh Allen to ' a Professor '. Regret that the recipient will not join the Tovey memorial committee, and a discussion of Tovey's written works. Holograph signed.
Dates: 17 January 1943
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Sir Donald Francis Tovey to Adolf Busch. Discussion of string quartet variations in B Opus II, working methods and the loneliness of the profession. Ms. transcript by Hubert Foss.
Scope and Contents Letter, June 1928, Sir Donald Francis Tovey to Albert Schweitzer. Discussing plans to give Schweitzer an honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh. Holograph signed, photocopy.
Dates: 01 June 1928
Scope and Contents Letter, 13 August 1928, Suffolk, Sir Donald Francis Tovey to Albert Schweitzer. Informing Schweitzer that Tovey plans to dedicate his ' Kunst der Fugue' to him. Holograph signed, photocopy.
Dates: 13 August 1929
Scope and Contents Letter, 9 May 1932, Sir Donald Francis Tovey to Albert Schweitzer. Concerning ' The Bride of Dionysus', an organ recital in St. Giles cathedral, Edinburgh and Scweitzer's honorary degree from Edinburgh University music faculty. Holograph signed, photocopy.
Dates: 09 May 1932
Scope and Contents Letter, 11 May 1934, Suffolk, Sir Donald Francis Tovey to Albert Schweitzer. Discussing plans for Schweitzer's Edinburgh Gifford lectures and concerts. Holograph signed, photocopy.
Dates: 11 May 1934