Adolph Martin Foerster 1854-1927

adolph-martin-foersterAdolph Martin Foerster was born February 2, 1854, at Pittsburg, Pa.

His first instruction was given him by his mother, and he subsequently studied with Jean Manns.

In 1872 he went to Leipsic, and remained there three years, studying theory under E. F. Richter and Dr. Robert Papperitz, singing under Adolphe Schimon and Leo Grill, and the piano under Ernst F. Wenzel and Theodore Coccius.

Returning to America in 1875, Mr. Foerster accepted an engagement at the Fort Wayne Conservatory of Music at Fort Wayne, Ind., where he remained until 1876, at which time he returned to Pittsburg, where he acted as conductor of the Symphonic Society, and also of the Musical Union. He wrote for piano, violin, ‘cello, and voice (both songs and part songs), chamber music and full orchestra. His Thusnelda was given in Pittsburg under Theodore Thomas at the May Music Festival in 1884; his Love Song, for soprano and orchestra, was given at the May Festival in 1889 under Anton Seidl; and his Festival March was also performed under the same conductor at the May Festival in 1891, for which it was composed. In 1983 it was performed at the “World’s Fair” under Theodore Thomas. His quartet, Op. 21 and 33, and the trio, Op. 29, were performed in various parts of the United States and in Germany.

Among his other principal compositions are the following:

  • March-Fantasie, Op. 8
  • Festival Music, Op. 9
  • Among Flowers, Op. 28. Album of Songs.
  • The Falconer, suite, Op. 31
  • Symphonic Ode to Byron, Op. 35
  • Two Concert Etudes, Op. 37 (Piano)

Much of his piano music is best adapted to teaching, the most prominent compositions being seven sonatinas (Op. 14, 16, 18)