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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 8 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Sir Donald Francis Tovey from Sophie Weisse, c1914

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L1926
Scope and Contents Letter, 24 February [n.y], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Donald Tovey. Discussion of Clegg's first concert and the advertisements for it. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1914

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 04 March 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L385
Scope and Contents Letter, 4 March 1894, Oxford, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Expressing anxiety over the Amsterdam choir. Holograph signed, with envelope.
Dates: 04 March 1895

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 04 March 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L386
Scope and Contents Letter, 4 March 1895, Oxford, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Apologising for pulling out of a performance. Holograph signed, with envelope.
Dates: 04 March 1895

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Franics Tovey, c1890

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L389
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Commenting on a performance of Schubert's C major symphony. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1890

Letter to Sophie Weisse from William Strecker, 25 October 1911

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2485
Scope and Contents Letter, 25 October 1911, London, William Strecker to Sophie Weisse. Informing Miss. Weisse of the cheapest estimate for engraving and printing Tovey's Sonata and quintette, and discussing their publication to coincide with performance. Typescript signed.
Dates: 25 October 1911

Postcard to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, c1912

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L634
Scope and Contents Postcard, [1912], Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Praising a performance of the Beethoven Mass and news of his visit. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1912

Postcard to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 19 January 1916

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L647
Scope and Contents Postcard, 19 January 1916, Amsterdam, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. News of a successful concert in Amsterdam and details of Tovey's travels. Holograph signed.
Dates: 19 January 1916

Postcard to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 22 October 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L422
Scope and Contents Postcard, 22 October 1895, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Suggesting that Tovey and Fullinger perform together in concert. Holograph signed.
Dates: 22 October 1895