German composer, pianist, and musical critic; born at Vienna Oct. 5, 1822; died Dec. 20, 1899. He began his musical career at Bucharest and Jassy, and for some years was court pianist to George V. of Hanover. From 1855 to 1862 he lived successively at Wiesbaden, in England, and at Frankfort-on-the-Main. Thence he removed to Berlin, where he became teacher of piano at the Stern Conservatorium, and musical critic on the "Tageblatt," the "Gegenwart," and the "Neue Berliner Musikzeitung." In 1875 the title of professor was conferred upon him.
Among Ehrlich's noteworthy compositions are"Konzertstück in Ungarischer Weise," "Variationen über ein Originalthema," and a sonata for violoncello. He was one of the foremost writers on music; his chief work in this line includes the text-books "Der Musikalische Anschlag," "Wie Uebt Man Klavier?" "Musikstudien beim Klavierspiel," "Die Ornamentik in Beethoven's Sonaten," "Die Ornamentik in Sebastian Bach's Klavierwerken," and the works "Schlaglichter und Schlagschatten aus der Musikwelt," "Aus Allen Tonarten," "Lebenskunst und Künstlerleben," "Modernes Musikleben," "Dreissig Jahre Künstlerleben." He wrote besides many novels and stories. His autobiography was published posthumously in the "Berliner Musik- und Theater-Welt" (vol. iii., Nos. 21, 22) by Ad. Kohut, who also published the letters addressed to Ehrlich by Hector Berlioz, Robert Frank, Clara Schumann, and others. Ehrlich embraced Christianity in middle life.