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Weisse, Sophie, 1852-1945 (Scottish music teacher)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1852-1945

Sophie Weisse was born in Edinburgh in 1852 to a German father and Lithuanian mother. Little is known of her early life and education. In 1892, she founded the all-girls school of Northlands in Surrey, which she ran for twenty-five years. Although Northlands was a school of general education, music was given a particularly prominent place in the curriculum, and musical celebrities were often invited to visit and perform. Weisse employed the young Donald Tovey as a pianist at the school’s concerts, which provided a launch for his career as a musician and composer. Weisse had discovered Tovey’s talent at the age of four and had managed all aspects of his education. She further supported his career by funding the publication of his works between 1903 and 1913. Weisse and Tovey maintained a lifelong relationship. When Tovey was appointed to Edinburgh University’s Reid Chair of Music in 1914, Weisse followed him to Edinburgh. As Reid Professor, Tovey bestowed on Weisse an honorary degree of Doctor of Music in 1936. Weisse died in Guildford in 1945.
Weisse was a major benefactor of the University of Edinburgh. On Tovey’s death in 1941, she gifted 18 Buccleuch Place to the University as 'The Tovey Memorial Rooms', with the intention that it be used for student study. She also gifted the University portraits of Tovey and herself by Philip de Laszlo and endowed the Tovey Memorial Prize as an annual award for the most promising undergraduate composer or performer in the Faculty of Music. Her collection of around 600 books and scores relating to Beethoven was purchased by the University in 1948.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 01 October 1893

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L363
Scope and Contents Letter, [October 1893], Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. List of scores Tovey requires. Holograph signed, in pencil, with stamped envelope.
Dates: 01 October 1893

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 19 December 1893

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L370
Scope and Contents Letter, 19 December 1893, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Concerning Palestrina annotation and requesting that Miss. Weisse brings several scores to Moffat. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope.
Dates: 19 December 1893

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 22 July 1897

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L462
Scope and Contents Letter, 22 July 1897, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Thanking Miss. Weisse for sending sketchbooks which Tovey compares to his own musical sketchings, informing Miss. Weisse that he can not afford to practice the piano, as he will be working towards his degree, details of a Bishops party. Holograph signed, with duplicate typescript copy, 26 x 21cm.
Dates: 22 July 1897

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 04 October 1897

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L472
Scope and Contents Letter, 4 October 1897, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Thanking Miss. Weisse and outlining plans for his concerto and reading. Typescript copy.
Dates: 04 October 1897

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, c1888

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L344
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Discussion of the first movement of Beethoven's Eroica. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1888

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 27 December 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L429
Scope and Contents Letter, 27 December 1895, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Apologising for not writing, details of a quintet Tovey is composing. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope.
Dates: 27 December 1895

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 20 January 1893

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2700
Scope and Contents Letter, 20 January 1893, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Outlining Parry's comments on Tovey's composition. Photocopy of a typescript copy.
Dates: 20 January 1893

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 20 January 1893

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2701
Scope and Contents Letter, 20 January 1893, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Outlining Parry's comments on Tovey's composition. Photocopy of holograph signed.
Dates: 20 January 1893

Postcard to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 21 March 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L383
Scope and Contents Postcard, 21 March 1895, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. List of scores Tovey requires. Holograph signed.
Dates: 21 March 1895

Postcard to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 31 January 1896

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L431
Scope and Contents Postcard, 31 January 1896, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. News of the Tovey family, and Tovey composing music for his brothers play. Holograph signed.
Dates: 31 January 1896