Liebmann [née Riese], Helene
- Nancy B. Reich
(b Berlin, 1796; d after 1835). German composer and pianist. She was a child prodigy, performing to critical acclaim as a pianist before she was 13 and publishing compositions while still in her teens. Little is known of her personal life other than that she was from a well-to-do Berlin family, studied with Franz Lauska (one of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s teachers), and was also a pupil of Ferdinand Ries. In the earliest reviews of her works, critics predicted a glowing career for her as a composer. Later reviews were cooler and her compositions were deemed to be merely pleasing. A few years after her marriage in about ...