Donald Francis Tovey
About Donald Francis Tovey
Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940) was an English pianist, composer and musicologist. Tovey studied piano and counterpoint at Oxford University until 1898. In the 1900s he performed with the quartet of Joseph Joachim and performed his own works, including his Piano Concerto, in London, Berlin and Vienna. Between 1906 and 1912 he organised concerts in Great Britain and throughout Europe. In addition, he wrote a large number of music articles for the "Encyclopaedia Britannica".
In 1914, he succeeded Frederick Niecks as Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh, a post he held until his death. Tovey became best known as author of the essays in “Musical Analysis”, which were published between 1935 and 1939. He founded the professional Reid Orchestra, which brought together musicians from around the university with professional performers and continued to exist until the 1980s. In 1935, Tovey was raised to the peerage.
His opera "The Bride of Dionysius" was performed in Edinburgh in 1929; the world premiere of his Cello Concerto in 1935 was played by Pablo Casals.