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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 692 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 02 July 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2594
Scope and Contents Letter, 2 July 1935, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Concerning Tovey's illness and his treatment and care and Miss. Weisse's feelings. Holograph signed.
Dates: 02 July 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 08 July 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2596
Scope and Contents Letter, 8 July 1935, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Details of Miss. Weisse's journey to Bad Nauheim and enclosing a letter from Tovey's doctor. Holograph signed.
Dates: 08 July 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 01 October 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2597
Scope and Contents Letter, 1 October 1935, London, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Informing Grierson that Miss. Weisses brother is dying and asking for news of Tovey's whereabouts. Holograph signed.
Dates: 01 October 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 11 October 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2598
Scope and Contents Letter, 11 October 1935, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of Miss. Weisses brothers death, requesting that Grierson get a ticket for the Reid concert series and a description of Tovey's parents last years. Holograph signed.
Dates: 11 October 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 02 January 1936

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2599
Scope and Contents Letter, 2 January 1936, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of Tovey's treatment and convalescence at Bath, suggesting that Tovey should smoke so he can have social interaction with other men. Holograph signed.
Dates: 02 January 1936

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 14 September 1936

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2600
Scope and Contents Letter, 14 September 1936, Bad Nauheim, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Expressing the feeling that Tovey is a character in a Greek tragedy, requesting a subscription seat to The Reid concerts. Holograph signed.
Dates: 14 September 1936

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 17 October 1937

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2603
Scope and Contents Letter, 17 October 1937, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Requesting that Grierson place a garland of flowers and ribbons in Eton blue on Tovey's desk in the Music Classroom. Holograph signed.
Dates: 17 October 1937

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 19 January 1939

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2606
Scope and Contents Letter, 19 January 1939, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Planning to turn away a singer, so Miss. Weisse can spend an hour alone with Tovey, a discussion of the Schumann concerto affair. Holograph signed.
Dates: 19 January 1939

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 18 March 1938

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2609
Scope and Contents Letter, 18 March 1938, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Praising Grierson's musicianship, and expressing Weisses admiration and affection for Grierson. Holograph signed.
Dates: 18 March 1938

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 18 October 1938

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2610
Scope and Contents Letter, 18 October 1938, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of Weisse's state of health, description of a lecture given by Tovey, news of Weisses travels in Germany. Holograph signed.
Dates: 18 October 1938