Tovey, Sir Donald (Francis)
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(b Eton, July 17, 1875; d Edinburgh, July 10, 1940). English music scholar, composer and pianist. Son of an Eton master, the Rev. Duncan Crooks Tovey, he was educated, both musically and generally, by Sophie Weisse, who trained him for the career of a pianist. (Later he had advice and help from Deppe, but was never his pupil.) As a schoolboy Tovey already had a vast knowledge of the classical repertory and he had begun to compose at the age of eight. He received instruction in counterpoint from Walter Parratt and subsequently studied with James Higgs and Parry. In June 1894 he was elected Lewis Nettleship scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in classical honours in 1898, more than satisfying the examiners in philosophy and ethics but making no impression at all in ancient history.
In 1894 began his association on the concert platform with Joachim, with whose quartet he appeared as pianist until ...