Emanuel Aloys Förster

Förster, Aloys;Foerster, Emanuel Aloys

1748 (Niedersteine, Silesia, now Ścinawka, Poland) – 1823 (Vienna)

Förster had a close friendship with Haydn and Mozart. Beethoven met him as a young man, both he and Hummel visiting regularly to play their own and others’ compositions (including Mozart’s and Haydn’s), and to discuss music. Beethoven valued Förster’s music and friendship, introduced a number of students to him, and called him his ‘old master.’