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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 11 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 17 July 1893

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L357
Scope and Contents Letter, 17 July 1893, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Informing Miss Weisse of Tovey's time of arrival. Typescript copy.
Dates: 17 July 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, 06 April 1897

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L454
Scope and Contents Letter, [6 April 1897], Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Informing Miss. Weisse of his arrival, apologising for being cross and mourning Brahms's death. Holograph signed, with a duplicate typescript copy 26 x 21cm.
Dates: 06 April 1897

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 07 July 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L412
Scope and Contents Letter, 7 July 1895, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Outlining Tovey's plans and apologising for breaking an engagement at 'The Hipkins'. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope.
Dates: 07 July 1895

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 30 September 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L416
Scope and Contents Letter, 30 September 1895, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Description of Bray's stay with the Tovey's and Tovey's anxiety over his studies. Holograph signed.
Dates: 30 September 1895

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 21 December 1893

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L428
Scope and Contents Letter, 21 December 1893, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Request for musical scores. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope.
Dates: 21 December 1893

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

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, 08 October 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L418
Scope and Contents Postcard, 8 October 1895, Surrey, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Asking Miss Weisse to 'send off a trio'. Holograph signed.
Dates: 08 October 1895

Postcard to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 10 November 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L426
Scope and Contents Postcard, 10 November 1895, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Assuring Miss. Weisse that Tovey has enough pairs of boots. Holograph signed.
Dates: 10 November 1895