born on 12/10/1906 in Winterthur, ZH, Switzerland
died on 9/5/1997 in Winterthur, ZH, Switzerland
Willy Hess (composer)
Willy Hess (12 October 1906 9 May 1997) was a Swiss musicologist, composer, and famous Beethoven scholar. He achieved fame after compiling and publishing a catalogue of works of Beethoven that were not listed in the "complete" edition. He orchestrated the Piano Concerto No. 0 (Beethoven), in E-flat from a piano score.
He was born in Winterthur, where he attended primary and high school, and later studied at the Zurich Conservatory (merged in 1999 into the School of Music, Drama, and Dance (HMT), itself merged in 2007 into the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)) and at the University. He also taught piano, counterpoint, composition, and wrote about music. He wrote "3 ländler op.28" for 4 hand piano duet.
He was a bassoonist with the Winterthur Stadtorchester from 1942 to 1971.
Among his compositions is the Sonata for Viola & Bassoon, the only classical-style chamber work written for that combination of instruments.
He died in Winterthur.
- James F. Green The New Hess Catalog of Beethoven's Works, Vance Brook Publishing, October 2003, ISBN 978-0-9640570-3-6
- Alexander J. Morin. Classical music: the listener's companion, Hal Leonard Corporation.