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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Schnyder, Strauss, Loewe, Gounod, Suppe / City Brass Stuttgart
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 50902 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Charles Gounod,  Franz von Suppé,  Daniel Schnyder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City Brass Stuttgart
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  • 53.
    That's Entertainment / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416499 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Burns,  Stephen Sondheim,  Jerry Bock,  Jule Styne  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 54.
    Paint Your Wagon: Original Broadway Cast
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8120877 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Frederick Loewe
    Performer:  Billy Taylor,  Clyde Lombardi,  Allen Hanlon,  Alan Jay Lerner  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Allers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Original Broadway Cast Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ezio Pinza Vol 5
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89707 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Churchill,  Alex Alstone,  Frederick Loewe,  Isham Jones  ... 
    Performer:  Ezio Pinza,  Fran Warren,  William Tabbert,  Florence Henderson
    Conductor:  Norman Leyden,  Johnny Green,  Lehman Engel,  Peter King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Balalaika Ensemble
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  • 56.
    Voice Of Firestone - Robert Merrill In Opera & Song
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2461 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Frederick Loewe,  Harry Warren,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Merrill
    Conductor:  Howard Barlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voice of Firestone Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Moon River – The Memorial Screen Music 1 / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35043 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Jarre,  Francis Lai,  Bob Wills,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 58.
    That's Entertainment III
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55215 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Harry Warren,  Vernon Duke,  Nacio Herb Brown  ... 
    Performer:  Judy Garland,  Howard Keel,  Betty Hutton,  Lena Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Angela Gheorghiu - Live From La Scala
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94420 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Frederick Loewe,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Gherase Dendrino  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jeffrey Cohen
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  • 60.
    The Jazz Album / Thomas Quastoff
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000823902 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  Eric Stephen Cunningham,  Frederick Loewe,  Stevie Wonder  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Till Bronner,  Alan Broadbent,  Peter Erskine  ... 
    Conductor:  Nan Schwartz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin members
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  • 61.
    Ich will leben / Eva Lind
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98233 Release Date: 10/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Becht,  Charles Trenet,  Frederick Loewe,  Franz Grothe  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Lind
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  • 62.
    The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93927 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Joseph Brackett  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Kathryn Stott,  Nilson Matta,  Rosa Passos  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Ennio Morricone,  Chen Xieyang,  Tan Dun  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra,  Claude Bolling Ensemble  ... 
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  • 63.
    The Jessye Norman Collection - The Songbooks / Williams
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000450702 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Kurt Weill,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Performer:  John T. Williams,  Jessye Norman
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 64.
    Changing The Guard - Great Military Music
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1127 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  R.A. Ridings,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
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  • 65.
    Excellence - The Artistry Of Karita Mattila
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1054 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Leonard Bernstein,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Ilmo Ranta
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  • 66.
    Encore! / John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000260602 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Leonard Bernstein,  Frederick Loewe,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  John T. Williams,  Boston Pops
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 67.
    Pamela Sanabria Sings Operetta & Musical Favorites
    Label: Pamela Sanabria   Catalog: 5637438025 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  George Gershwin,  Nico Dostal,  Rudolf Sieczynski  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Sanabria
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  • 68.
    Kiri - A Portrait
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000186302 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Carl Davis,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Olga Hegedus,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Barlow,  Carl Davis,  Sir Georg Solti,  Julius Rudel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    The Voice Of America / Fleming, Hampson, Troyanos, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000047802 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Warren Jones,  Samuel Ramey,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Silverstein,  Eric Rogers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  Eric Rogers Orchestra,  Eric Rogers Chorale  ... 
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  • 70.
    Ritorna Vincitor! - The Legendary Birgit Nilsson
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000018102 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Ture Rangström,  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson,  Gerhard Stolze,  Walter Berry,  Virgilio Carbonari
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Bertil Bokstedt,  Sir Colin Davis,  Hans Knappertsbusch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Light Classics - Lerner And Loewe: Orchestral Selections / Hayman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555015 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Angela Gheorghiu - Live From Covent Garden
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 92696 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tiberiu Brediceanu,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Angela Gheorghiu - Live From Covent Garden
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57264 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tiberiu Brediceanu,  Francesco Cilèa,  Giacomo Puccini,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Sarah Brooke
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Best Of Evergreens / Mattila, Saraste, Savijoki, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 994 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Traditional,  Lasse Martenson,  Theo Mackeben  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Ilmo Ranta
    Conductor:  Pekka Savijoki,  Riku Niemi,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Jyväskylä Sinfonia,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    The Singers - George London
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467904 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Kurt Weill,  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Roland Shaw,  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roland Shaw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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