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  1. Ferdinand Ries (baptised 28 November 1784 – 13 January 1838) was a German composer. Ries was a friend, pupil and secretary of Ludwig van Beethoven . He composed eight symphonies , a violin concerto , nine piano concertos (the first concerto is not published), three operas, and numerous other works, including 26 string quartets .

    • 28 November 1784
    • Bonn
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    • 13 January 1838 (aged 53), Frankfurt
  2. As one of Beethoven's closest associates, his views on the composer - collated in a book he published with Franz Wegeler in 1838 - are hugely reliable, indeed invaluable. Ferdinand Ries was a former pupil of Beethoven's who went on to become indispensable to the composer as his hearing worsened.

  3. Ferdinand Ries played a crucial role in preserving and promoting Beethoven’s legacy. His detailed accounts of Beethoven’s compositions, teaching methods, and personal life have provided invaluable insights into the maestro’s world.

  4. Sep 30, 2019 · Ferdinand Ries was one of Beethoven's most important piano pupils. In 1838 he published a book, together with Franz Wegeler, which contained a wealth of information on the composer. It comprised such topics as Beethoven's loss of hearing, his dealings with publishers, his working methods, and the genesis of some of his compositions.

    • Jos van der Zanden
    • 2020
  5. As one of the greatest pianists in Europe of his time and a composer of exceptional ability, it is surprising that the name Ferdinand Ries is not better known today. His eight piano concertos stand alongside those of Hummel as the most important works of their kind from the early 19th century.

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  7. A collection of biographical notes by two friends of Beethoven, Ferdinand Ries and Dr. Franz Gerhard Wegeler, who met in Bonn and collaborated on the compilation of Beethoven's biography. The notes cover the period from 1810 to 1838, when Beethoven died, and provide anecdotes, letters, and insights into the composer's life and works.

  8. Dec 19, 2010 · Rediscovering Ferdinand Ries by Susan Kagan. Ferdinand Ries (1784–1838) is one of many talented composers who enjoyed a fine career, but whose achievements after death were largely forgotten because of Beethoven’s overpowering presence in 19th-century music.

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