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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 F. W. Kelly from Sophie Weisse, c1930

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2636
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Sophie Weisse to F. W. Kelly. Arranging to perform a Brahms work and suggesting that Kelly should compose a work for Tovey. Holograph incomplete.
Dates: c1930

Letter to F.W. Kelly from Sophie Weisse, c1930

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2622
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to F. W Kelly. Advising Kelly not to strain his hands when practising. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1930

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Margaret Maitland, 27 November 1941

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2296
Scope and Contents Letter, 27 November 1941, Oxford, Margaret Maitland to Hubert Foss. Informing Foss of Maitland's relationship to Tovey and reminiscences of Tovey and Maitland's youth. Holograph signed.
Dates: 27 November 1941

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, c1941

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2581
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Informing Foss that Weisse is disabled due to a scalded foot, and inviting Foss for lunch. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1941

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, 01 October 1941

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2574
Scope and Contents Letter, 1 October 1941, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Commenting on an article written by Foss on Tovey, and reminiscing. Holograph signed.
Dates: 01 October 1941

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, 01 October 1941

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2575
Scope and Contents Letter, 8 September 1941, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Correcting a point in Foss's article on Tovey, concerning Bosendorfer piano's. Holograph signed.
Dates: 01 October 1941

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, c1940

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2577
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Informing Foss that Miss. Weisse will attempt to work on his dissertation, but explaining that Miss. Weisse is quite helpless now. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1940

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, c1941

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2578
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Inviting Foss to visit Weisse, and expressing a desire to go to Worplesdon and visit Tovey's grave. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1941

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, c1942

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2579
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Sending Foss a picture of Tovey, and describing Tovey's death as a tragedy. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1942

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, c1941

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2580
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Enclosing photographs of the Tovey Memorial rooms, expressing Weisse's grief. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1941