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Frederick Loewe

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Frederick Loewe

Biography

Frederick Loewe (10 June 1904, Vienna, Austria - 14 February 1988, Palm Springs, California) was an American pianist and song composer.

In Vienna, his father was a famous tenor in operettas. Regarded as a prodigy, Loewe was the youngest pianist to solo with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra; he was 13. At 18 he won the Hollander Award, after studying composition with Ferruccio Busoni Katrina, a song that he wrote when he was 15, sold a million copies.

In 1924, hoping to become a concert pianist, he immigrated to the United States, but his difficulties with the English language and music style forced him to work as a bus boy, riding instructor, boxer, cowboy, and even gold prospector. In the early '30s Loewe returned to his piano playing and began writing songs, He met Alan Lerner in 1942, and the resulting Broadway stage productions and films have won him many awards for the team. Loewe's major works include the music for Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot and Gigi.


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Resources

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 386.