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Ferdinand Ries - Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11 no. 1 - I. Allegro moderato
1 Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 11, No. 2 / Largo  
2 Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 11, No. 2 / Larghetto  
3 Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 11, No. 2 / Allegro  
4 Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op.11 #1 / Allegro  
5 Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op.11 #1 / Andante  
6 Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op.11 #1 / Th. & Var  
7 Piano Sonatina in A minor, Op. 45 / Allegro  
8 Piano Sonatina in A minor, Op. 45 / Allegretto  
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Ferdinand Ries is known mainly through his connection with Beethoven, as his family friend, piano student, and early biographer. Ries's connections with Beethoven began in Bonn and continued in Vienna, and later in London. Born in 1784, when Beethoven was fourteen, Ferdinand was the son of Franz Ries, violinist in the Electoral Court orchestra, who taught Beethoven the violin and befriended his family during Beethoven's youth. Largely self-taught, Ferdinand first studied in Munich, but around 1803 he went to Vienna to study the piano with Beethoven, who sent him to the noted theorist-composer Johann Albrechtsberger for composition lessons. Ries was probably Beethoven's closest friend during this period, carrying out all kinds of musical and secretarial tasks for him, copying parts, making transcriptions and arrangements, proof-reading and seeing to publications. Later, after years of touring as a concert pianist and a short stay in Paris, Ries settled in London and married an Englishwoman. Even then he continued to act on Beethoven's behalf.

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