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Ivan Karlovitch Tscherlitzky (Composer, Arranger)

Born: November 20, 1799 - Kazan, Russia
Died: June 6, 1865 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Ivan Karlovitch Tscherlitzky [Czerlitzky, Scherlitzky] (Russian: Иван Карлович Черлицкий) was a Russian organist, pianist, composer and teacher. He first was taught by his father Karl (1773-1841) and later in 1831 became a piano student of John Field in Moscow.

Since 1818 Ivan Tscherlitzky lived in St. Petersburg and served as an organist at the Lutheran Church St. Catherine. From 1819 to 1822 he performed at the Lutheran Church St. Peter and St. Paul Bach organ concertos with great success. A skilled pianist, Tscherlitzky taught piano at the Smolny Institute (1820-1829, 1845-1853).

Ivan Tscherlitzky is known for the first piano transcriptions of J.S. Bach’s organ music in the printed world literature (they were published in St. Petersburg,1844-1845). Five volumes of his 15 Bach piano transcriptions were published in St. Petersburg in 1844-1845. All in all Tscherlitzky published piano transcriptions of 35 large Bach organ pieces and 50 choral preludes. He also produced piano transcriptions of some chamber works by Felix Mendelssohn, which he published under the French pseudonym Jean Tscherlitzky.

Ivan Tscherlitzky had many musician relatives playing a leading role in St. Petersburg music life during the first half of the 19th century. Among them two cousins are mentioned: Karl Otto - an organist, performed Bach in St. Petersburg (1833-1845) and Alexander a pianist, taught the piano at the Smolny Institute (1826-1865) and was also an organist at the Lutheran Church St. Catherine (1837-1849).


Biografical notes by the eminent Russian organist and harpsichordist Leonid Rojizman
2. Biografical notes in a Russian <Music Encyclopedia> 1973-1982
Biografical notes <The Music Encyclopedic Dictionary>, 1990
Blog by Prof. Thomas Labé
5. Schanz, Arthur; J.S.Bach in der Klaviertranskription, Eisenach 2000, ISBN 3-88979-082-8, p. 693
Tscherlitzky, Iwan Karlowitsch: 1799 in Kasau [sic!] – 1865 Petersburg. Organist, Pianist, Komponist und Pädagoge. Schüler von Karl T., Musiklehrer u. Organist der Lutheranischen Kirche in St. Petersburg 1820-31. Lehrtätigkeit am Smolny-Institut Moskau [sic!] (1845–53). Klavierwerke (Konzert, Variationen über russische Lieder); Verfasser einer Klavierschule (1852); musiktheoretische Werke; überträgt wohl als erster umfänglich Bachs Orgelwerke für Klavier.
6. Some entries in an interesting database about foreign people in Russia. Please note the sources in the entries!
<Erik-Amburger-Datenbank, Ausländer im vorrevolutionären Russland>
Ivan Karlovič Czerlitzky (1799-1867)
Karl Czerlitzky?
Alexander Czerlitzky (1804-78)
Karl Otto Czerlitzky?
7. The front page of Mendelssohns <Otteto> transcribed by Jean Tscherlitzky
8. Chorale Prelude Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verdebt, BWV 705, transcribed for piano [Obrabotka I. Cherliskogo / J.S. Bach Moskva 1971: Muzyka (included in collection: Fortepiannye transkriptsii russkikh i sovetskikh kompozitorov. Vypusk 6 / L. I. Roizman (ed.))]
9. Chorale Prelude Wer nur den lieben Gott laebt walten (IV), BWV 691
Chorale Prelude Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (VI), BWV 699
published in
Notnaja papka pianista No. 4 Tetrad No. 2
Contributed by
Stephan Rusconi (October 2011)

Ivan Karlovitch Tscherlitzky: Short Biography | Piano Transcriptions: Works as I. Cherlitski | Works as Jean Tscherlitzky | Recordings

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