Frederick Loewe

Biography

Born: June 10, 1901; Vienna, Austria   Died: February 14, 1988; Palm Springs, CA  
Frederick "Fritz" Loewe was born in Berlin, the son of popular German operetta star Edmund Loewe. Little can be verified about his background, but in 1925 Loewe immigrated to the United States with his father. A decade went by before Frederick Loewe first heard his music performed in New York as part of a play, Petticoat Fever (1935); in the interim, Loewe made ends meet through playing piano in silent movie houses and other miscellaneous jobs. Read more

Afterward, Loewe embarked on a number of projects with lyricist Earle Crocker, contributing numbers to forgotten Broadway revues and writing some failed shows. At New York's The Lambs Club in 1942, Loewe met aspiring lyricist Alan Jay Lerner. After two further flops, Lerner and Loewe dished up a success with Brigadoon (1947), which established the team as the first major Broadway songwriters to emerge in the postwar era. Paint Your Wagon (1951) followed, but it was My Fair Lady (1956) that proved Lerner and Loewe's most enduring hit; it had the longest run of any Broadway musical prior to Cats. While My Fair Lady was still in tryouts, Lerner & Loewe worked on a film musical, Gigi (1958). Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron, Gigi was the surprise hit of 1958 and earned the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Broadway show Camelot (1960) was another mega-hit and a musical that, in retrospect, defines the Kennedy era in which it was so popular. At this point, Loewe announced his retirement; two further Lerner and Loewe projects in the 1970s turned out to be failures.

Despite his late start on Broadway, Loewe's taste and musical personality was rooted in the Viennese operetta of his youth. Loewe's utilization of this influence was Americanized to some extent, and his settings of Lerner's English lyrics are so natural as to be less than noticeable, almost like speech. It is easy to mistake this hard-won simplicity of expression to a kind of emotional distancing, but the total integration of story and song in the work of Lerner and Loewe is what makes their work so widely appealing to so many. This ensures the survival of shows like My Fair Lady well past their closing date on Broadway. Read less
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  • 26.
    50 Best Songs From The Musicals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27375 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers,  Richard M. Sherman,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Bayless,  Barbara Hendricks,  Van Johnson,  Kim Criswell  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Lee,  Robert Lowe,  Jonathan Tunick,  Gareth Davies  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
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  • 27.
    The Fabulous Film Themes [3 CD Set]
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 63242 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francis Lai,  Leonard Rosenman  ... 
    Performer:  London Studio Orchestra
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  • 28.
    John Williams & The Boston Pops - A Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001649302 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Vangelis,  Max Steiner,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 29.
    Sumi Jo - The Erato Recitals
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 666373 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Léo Delibes,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Anne Maugue,  Vincenzo Scalera,  Michael Davis  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Olmi,  Armin Jordan,  Kenneth Montgomery,  Giuliano Carella  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Ensemble,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Bright & Breezy
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5180 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Dennis,  Bob Russell,  Frederick Loewe,  P. Roberts  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Chauncey,  Marjan Rawicz,  Walter Landauer,  Manuel & the Music of the Mountains
    Conductor:  Les Baxter,  Robert Farnon,  George Melachrino,  Phillipo Andez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Knightsbridge Strings
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  • 31.
    Label: Jay Records   Catalog: 1422 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tom Jones,  Frederick Loewe,  Ivor Novello,  Ron Grainer  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Hill Smith,  David Rendall
    Conductor:  John Owen Edwards,  Justin Brown
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  • 32.
    Up In Lights
    Label: Threefold   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Kander,  Richard Rodgers,  Carl Davis,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny McLaren,  Matthew Trusler
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
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  • 33.
    My Fair Lady / John Mauceri, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jeremy Irons
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421200 Release Date: 09/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Jeremy Irons,  Jerry Hadley,  Warren Mitchell  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 34.
    J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Gueden, Kmentt, Resnik
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 2018 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Louis Ferrari,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Erich Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Songs / Ensemble Contraste
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 510503 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Karine Deshayes,  Emily Loizeau,  Rosemary Standley,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Contraste
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  • 36.
    Icon - Hermann Prey - A Life In Song
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 18493 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Karl Millocker,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Albert Lortzing,  Conradin Kreutzer  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Karl Christian Kohn,  Helga Hildebrand,  Heinz Hoppe  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Allers,  Horst Stein,  Robert Heger,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    100 Greatest Musicals
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 1328 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  George Gershwin,  Richard Rodgers,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Jill Washington,  Jason Howard,  Lesley Garrett,  David Shannon  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Ivor Bolton,  James Fitzpatrick,  Andrew Greenwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works
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  • 38.
    Simetra
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1301 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Astor Piazzolla,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Trio Artemis
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  • 39.
    Polka Dots And Moonbeams / Paul Desmond
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61066 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Wells,  James Van Heusen,  Ralph Rainger,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Eugene Cherico,  Eugene Wright,  Connie Kay,  Jim Hall  ... 
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  • 40.
    100 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Sonoma Entertainment   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Stephen Foster,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
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  • 41.
    Kiri On Broadway
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440280 Release Date: 09/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Cole Porter,  Richard Rodgers,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras,  Jeremy Irons,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Nelson Riddle,  Julius Rudel,  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Nelson Riddle Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Ultimate Collection - Katherine Jenkins
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001332502 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Sartori,  Leonard Cohen,  Traditional,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins,  John Parricelli,  Adrian Bradbury,  Emily Pailthorpe  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd,  Anthony Inglis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadian Ensemble
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  • 43.
    The Irresistible Karita Mattila
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1171-2 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thelonious Monk,  Erroll Garner,  Jerome Kern,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila
    Conductor:  Kirmo Lintinen,  Pekka Savijoki,  Riku Niemi,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  How Many Sisters Vocal Trio,  Fever Band Bandoneon,  Tapiola Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 44.
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 4409 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lew Pollack,  Henry Mancini,  Alessandro Cicognini,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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  • 45.
    Broadway Musicals: John Mcglinn On Broadway
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98335 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Cole Porter,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Tayleurs Dumme,  Nancy Kulp,  Jack Dabdoub,  Robert Nichols  ... 
    Conductor:  John McGlinn
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  • 46.
    A Celebration Of Lerner & Loewe
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1138 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe
    Performer:  Jane Powell,  Robert Merrill,  Jan Peerce,  Patricia Clark  ... 
    Conductor:  Johnny Green,  Norrie Paramor,  Norman Layden,  Norman Leyden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Norrie Paramor Orchestra,  Geoff Love & His Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Jerry Hadley - Standing Room Only
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61370 Release Date: 10/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marvin Hamlisch,  Sherman Edwards,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Frank Loesser  ... 
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
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  • 48.
    Camelot / Original Broadway Cast
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756198 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe
    Performer:  Roddy McDowall,  Robert Goulet,  Richard Burton,  Julie Andrews  ... 
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  • 49.
    The Very Best Of Broadway - Gershwin, Berlin, Bernstein, Porter, Kern, Etc / John Mcglinn
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95240 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Jerome Kern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Cris Groenendaal,  Rebecca Luker,  Jeanne Lehman,  George Dvorsky  ... 
    Conductor:  John McGlinn,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  London Sinfonietta  ... 
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    My Fair Lady / Andrews, Harrison, Holloway
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 749917 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe
    Performer:  Robert Coote,  Julie Andrews,  Stanley Holloway,  Rex Harrison  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Allers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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