Symphony No. 5 (Ries)

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Ferdinand Ries wrote the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 112, in London in 1813. It was the second symphony Ries wrote. It was first performed at a Philharmonic Society concert on 14 February 1814. In 1823, Breitkopf & Härtel published the work together with piano solo, piano duet and chamber arrangements.

Scored for flute, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani and strings, the piece is in four movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Larghetto con moto quasi andante
  3. Allegro assai
  4. Allegro

Inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Ries's Fifth uses the rhythm of Beethoven's famous "Fate" motif with different pitches.[1][2] The piece has been recorded by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths on the Classic Produktion Osnabrück label.


  1. ^ Barnett, Rob (February 2007). "Review of Recording of Ries' Symphonies". MusicWeb International. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  2. ^ Hill (1982): xix
  • Cecil Hill, "Ferdinand Ries", in The Symphony: Ferdinand Ries. London: Garland Publishing (1982)

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