Tobias Haslinger (1787-1842) was less of a composer than he was a friend to many composers. Beethoven and he shared humorous letters back and forth, and Haslinger was a publisher to both Beethoven and a slew of other composers, such as Schubert, Spohr, Strauss, Hummel, and Weber. He even republished some of Mozart's and Haydn's works in new editions. Haslinger was cheerful and outgoing and was a linchpin in the music publishing world of Vienna for decades. Friedrich Wilhelm III bestowed upon him The Great Golden Medal of Art and Science in 1836. After his death, his son Carl took over the publishing house and continued his father's great traditions.