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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Eloquence - Tonight! - Hits From The Musicals
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468139 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard Rodgers,  Cole Porter,  Mitchell Leigh  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Simon Estes,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Willie Anthony Waters,  Nelson Riddle,  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Farnon Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Nelson Riddle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 82.
    Prayers - Ravel, Mozart, Rossini, Gounod, Et Al / Sumi Jo
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 85772 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Traditional,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  James Conlon,  Susan Graham
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Choir,  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Capitol Quartet - Anything Goes
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 280 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Victor Young,  Leigh Harline,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth R. Foerch,  Anjan G. Shah,  David A. Lewis,  David B. Stambler  ... 
    Conductor:  Sam Pilafian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Saxophone Quartet,  Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Welcome Sun - Bach, Elgar, Et Al / Takeshita, Fujino
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 37 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Hamilton Green,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Arlen  ... 
    Performer:  Megumi Takeshita,  Yoko Fujino
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  • 85.
    Delos Double - Arleen Auger - American Soprano
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3712 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frederick Loewe,  Aaron Copland,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Dalton Baldwin
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Aldo Parisot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra,  Yale Cellos
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  • 86.
    Accordiorama Vol 2 / Hohner Accordion Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Frosini,  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Rudolph Würthner,  Tommy Reilly  ... 
    Performer:  Wili Müller,  Karl Perenthaler,  Kurt Gelück,  Franz Herre
    Conductor:  Günther Wertz,  Rudolph Würthner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonica Quartet,  Hohner Accordion Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    The Classic Wedding Album /Domingo, Terfel, Te Kanawa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445478 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein,  Paul Daniel,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 88.
    Tubalogy
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 3051 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Clifford Brown,  Horace Silver,  Harold Arlen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble
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  • 89.
    Ain't Misbehavin' - Sweelinck, Debussy, Et Al / Quink
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 19862 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Richard Rodgers,  Erroll Garner,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
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  • 90.
    If Ever I Would Leave You / Bryn Terfel, Paul Daniel, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457628 Release Date: 10/06/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Burton Lane,  Frederick Loewe,  Charles Strouse
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Opera North Chorus
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  • 91.
    Engineer's Choice 2
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3512 Release Date: 11/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Tylman Susato,  George Gershwin,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Eugenia Zukerman,  Allan Vogel,  Donald Fraser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis Keene,  Vincent Cichowicz,  Andrew Litton,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voices of Ascension,  Millar Brass Ensemble,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Sherrill Milnes In Recital Vol 1 - There But For You Go I
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1140 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Josephine McGill,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Jon Spong,  Sherrill Milnes
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  • 93.
    Leading Man - The Best Of Broadway / Thomas Hampson
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55249 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Claude-Michel Schönberg,  Richard Rodgers,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  John Raitt
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
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  • 94.
    Karita Mattila - Wonderful
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 848 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Theo Mackeben,  Frank Churchill,  Franz von Vecsey  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila
    Conductor:  Pekka Savijoki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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  • 95.
    Lerner & Loewe: Songbook For Orchestra / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80375 Release Date: 01/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 96.
    The Great Waltz / John Mauceri, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438685 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Barbara Hendricks - Operetta Arias / Foster, Philharmonia
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 54626 Release Date: 03/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Robert Stolz,  Carl Zeller  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Hugh Bean,  Claire Henry,  Lynda Richardson  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
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  • 98.
    Intimate Encounters
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3505 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  David Shifrin,  Carol Rosenberger,  Allan Vogel,  Kenneth Munday  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orford String Quartet,  Chamber Music Northwest
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  • 99.
    Love Songs / Arleen Auger, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3029 Release Date: 05/22/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando J. Obradors,  Jaime Ovalle,  Frederick Loewe,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Dalton Baldwin
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  • 100.
    Bernstein: Lucky To Be Me, Etc / Jessye Norman, John Williams
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422401 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Michel Legrand,  Billy Joel,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  John T. Williams
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