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Ferdinand Ries

1784 - 1838

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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand Ries has received more than 165,326 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 25 in 2019). Ferdinand Ries is the 390th most popular composer (down from 314th in 2019), the 1,531st most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,173rd in 2019) and the 57th most popular German Composer.

Ferdinand Ries is most famous for being the first person to write a biography of Beethoven in 1838.

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Among composers, Ferdinand Ries ranks 390 out of 1,216Before him are Zdeněk Fibich, Domenico Zipoli, Fikret Amirov, Johan Svendsen, Giovanni Legrenzi, and Josef Rheinberger. After him are Georges Delerue, Johann Baptist Wanhal, Alfredo Casella, Hans Werner Henze, Ernest Ansermet, and Adriano Banchieri.

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Among people born in 1784, Ferdinand Ries ranks 19Before him are François Rude, Rafael del Riego, Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Johann Karl Ehrenfried Kegel, and Peter von Cornelius. After him are Moses Montefiore, Duchess Charlotte Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Dionisio Aguado y García, Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, and Thomas Robert Bugeaud. Among people deceased in 1838, Ferdinand Ries ranks 9Before him are Lorenzo Da Ponte, Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, Maximilian, Hereditary Prince of Saxony, Pierre Louis Dulong, Ivan Kotliarevsky, and Johanna Schopenhauer. After him are Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy, Bernard Courtois, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, Bernhard Crusell, Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest, and Charles Percier.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ferdinand Ries ranks 1,531 out of 6,142Before him are Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld (1651), Princess Alexandrine of Prussia (1803), Michael Fassbender (1977), Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1934), Tarkan (1972), and Princess Charlotte of Württemberg (1807). After him are Erich Naumann (1905), Ernst Engel (1821), Walter Warlimont (1894), Thomas Kretschmann (1962), Hemma (800), and Christoph Scheiner (1575).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Ferdinand Ries ranks 57Before him are Johann Kuhnau (1660), Joseph Martin Kraus (1756), Friedrich von Flotow (1812), Johann Schein (1586), Carl Heinrich Graun (1704), and Klaus Schulze (1947). After him are Hans Werner Henze (1926), Wolfgang Wagner (1919), Johann van Beethoven (1740), Hugo Riemann (1849), Albert Lortzing (1801), and Heinrich Marschner (1795).