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.
    That's Entertainment! A Celebration Of The MGM Film Musical / John Wilson Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 19004 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Green,  Hugh Martin,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilson,  Kim Criswell,  Curtis Stigers,  Matthew Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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  • 27.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Holidays For Strings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Richard Whiting / W. Fran,  George Gershwin,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leroy Anderson,  Jack Shaindlin,  Frederick Fennell,  David Carroll  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings,  Music of the Mountains
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  • 28.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5188 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Con Conrad,  Frederick Loewe,  Ray Henderson  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Laroque
    Conductor:  Hal Mooney,  Buddy Bregman,  Cyril Ornadel,  Morton Gould  ... 
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  • 29.
    All Through The Night / George Dvorsky
    Label: Jay Records   Catalog: 1424 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Cole Porter,  Frank Wildhorn  ... 
    Performer:  George Dvorsky
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  • 30.
    Alfie Live
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001688159 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Flaherty,  Stephen Sondheim,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard M. Sherman  ... 
    Performer:  Alfie Boe,  Tom Mcfly,  Shakaira,  Claude-Michel Schönberg
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  • 31.
    Alfie Live / Alfie Boe
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001688009 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Flaherty,  Stephen Sondheim,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard M. Sherman  ... 
    Performer:  Alfie Boe,  Tom Mcfly,  Shakaira,  Claude-Michel Schönberg
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Polka Dots And Moonbeams / Paul Desmond
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61066 Release Date: 09/24/2010   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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 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 Leyden,  Norman Layden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Norrie Paramor Orchestra,  Geoff Love & His Orchestra
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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Jerry Hadley - Standing Room Only
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61370 Release Date: 10/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marvin Hamlisch,  Sherman Edwards,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Frank Loesser  ... 
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    Kiri Te Kanawa In Concert
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2084 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Frederick Loewe,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Stephen Barlow,  John Hopkins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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