Czerny, Carl

PIANIST, COMPOSER, PIANO TEACHER (AUSTRIA)
BORN 20 Feb 1791, Wien - DIED 15 Jul 1857, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 0, reihe 1, nummer 49)

Carl Czerny received his first piano lessons from his father and he continued his studies with Hummel, Salieri and Beethoven. He first appeared in public in 1800 when he played a concerto by Mozart. He became a teacher before he was fifteen years old. In 1812 he plated the piano at the premiere of the Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" by Beethoven.

Among his many students were Theodor Döhler and Franz Liszt, who dedicated his "Transcendental Edutes" to him. Czerny composed requiems, masses, symphonies, concertos, sonatas and string quartets. When he died in Vienna in 1857 he was a rich man, but he had no family. He left his fortune to the Conservatory in Vienna and to several good causes. He wrote hundreds of pieces of music, but his compositions are hardly performed nowadays.

Related persons
• was pupil to Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was pupil to Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
• was teacher to Jaëll, Alfred
• was teacher to Liszt, Franz
• was pupil to Salieri, Antonio

Sources
• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Carl Czerny - Wikipedia
Carl Czerny

Images

The grave of Carl Czerny at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2005)

 


Dagover, Lil

Published: 22 Jul 2008
Last update: 22 Jul 2008