Frederick Loewe


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
Light Classics - Lerner And Loewe: Orchestral Selections / Hayman
Release Date: 09/17/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555015   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    My Fair Lady: Original London Cast Recording
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60539 Release Date: 06/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe
    Performer:  Betty Woolfe,  Robert Coote,  Julie Andrews,  Rex Harrison  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Allers
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    The Legacy of Stan Kenton / US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 60742 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bill Holman,  Various,  Stan Kenton,  Pete Rugolo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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 Williams
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