Ferdinand Ries is a composer who is best known for writing a book about Beethoven; but during his lifetime Ries was regarded as one of the finest composers and piano virtuosi in Europe. Ries’s father was one of Beethoven’s most important teachers in Bonn, and Beethoven later gave Ries piano lessons in Vienna. Ries composed with great success in a range of genres, including several that Beethoven had made his own: the symphony, concerto, string quartet and sonata. Ries’s style is a fascinating amalgam of Beethovenian grandeur and early Romantic lyricism.
About the Author
A senior lecturer in Musicology at the University of Auckland, Dr Allan Badley is an internationally renowned specialist in late eighteenth-century Viennese music whose publications include several hundred scholarly editions of works by major contemporaries of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. He co-founded the Hong Kong-based publishing house Artaria Editions in 1995, which is now regarded as the leading specialist publisher in its field. His own editions have featured in over fifty critically acclaimed recordings on the Naxos label.