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Title: Ferdinand Ries: A Study and Addenda
Contributor(s): Hill, Cecil (author)
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Abstract: The causal factors of professional success are many and varied. When viewed in a complex matrix they form an individuality that is instantly recognized. Biological make-up is clearly the first of them. From this one obtains intelligence and a large measure of one's personal characteristics. The next factor is the formative relationships provided by parents, family and their immediate associates, since they help to stimulate the in-born intelligence and characteristics and to build an alert, motivated and independent mind. Then there is the broad cultural background in which the individual grows up, the contacts that are made, the opportunities that present themselves, the decisions taken, and the misfortunes that stimulate or the good fortune that deflects. The vicissitudes of life affected Ferdinand Ries as much as other men, and it is possible to draw from the available evidence a sketch of their effect on him, and the contribution they enabled him to make to his profession. Ferdinand Ries was born into a family of some musical talent. His grandfather Johann Ries (1723-1784) was the youngest of ten children born in Bensheim am Rhein; his father, Johann Michael Ries died there on 29 October 1729. Johann Ries was appointed a court trumpeter in Bonn on 2 May 1747 with an annual salary of 192 Taler, and as a violinist in the electoral court chapel on 5 March 1754. His father's sister, Anna Maria Ries, who was born on 9 May 1751, was a talented singer. She was appointed a soprano in the electoral court on 27 April 1764. In 1774 she married Ferdinand Drewer, a violinist in the court orchestra, and they both remained in the court music until its dissolution in 1794.
Publication Type: Working Paper
Field of Research (FOR): 190406 Music Composition
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950101 Music
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Series Name: Occasional Paper
Series Number : 2
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