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



  • 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 692 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Margaret, 21 March 1952

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2745
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Letter, 21 March 1952, York, Margaret to Mary Grierson. Discussing Grierson's biography of Tovey and suggesting the next work should be a biography of Miss. Weisse. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope.

Dates: 21 March 1952

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Patricia, 28 March 1952

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2746
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Letter, 28 March 1952, Bristol, Patricia to Mary Grierson. Praising Grierson's biography of Tovey, and news of Patricia's family and her life in Bristol. Holograph signed.

Dates: 28 March 1952

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 09 August 1925

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2582
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Letter, 9 August 1925, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Requesting information about the parts to Tovey's symphony for a performance in Dresden. Holograph signed.

Dates: 09 August 1925

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 15 June 1932

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2584
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Letter, 15 June 1932, London, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Asking Grierson how Tovey is and expressing concern about his health. Holograph signed.

Dates: 15 June 1932

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 28 June 1932

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2585
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Letter, 28 June 1932, Bad Nauheim, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Miss. Weisse expressing anxiety over Tovey's sanity and health, expressing distaste for the Wallace family. Holograph signed.

Dates: 28 June 1932

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 12 February 1933

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2587
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Letter, 12 February 1933, Rugby, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Describing the health of Tovey's son and suggesting that Miss. Weisse should take charge of him. Holograph signed.

Dates: 12 February 1933

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 08 September 1934

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2588
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Letter, 8 September 1934, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of bereavements, praising Grierson and analysing Tovey, concern over Eugenie Schumann. Holograph signed.

Dates: 08 September 1934

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, c1934

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2589
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Letter, [1934], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Explaining Miss. Weisses concern for Tovey's health and work. Holograph signed.

Dates: c1934

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 29 March 1935

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2590
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Letter, 29 March 1935, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Suggesting Grierson take all the music and shelves that Weisse has donated to the University. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope, date and place as postmark.

Dates: 29 March 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 26 June 1935

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2591
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Letter, 26 June 1935, Suffolk, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Discussion of Tovey's health and his recent attack of breathlessness. Holograph signed.

Dates: 26 June 1935

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