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Loewe, Frederick

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1988 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Composers

1901 – Born on June 10th in Berlin, Germany. German-born American composer and collaborator with Alan Jay Lerner on a series of hit musical plays, including the phenomenally successful My Fair Lady.

1906-1914 – Loewe, whose father was a Viennese actor and operetta tenor, was a child prodigy, playing the piano at age 5, composing for his father’s presentations at 7, and at 13 becoming the youngest soloist to appear with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

1916 – He received advanced musical instruction from Ferruccio Busoni and Eugène d’Albert. Loewe wrote a popular song, “Katrina,” at age 15, and more than 1,000,000 copies of the sheet music for it were eventually sold.

1924 – Loewe arrived in the United States and worked in a variety of odd jobs for the next 10 years.

1934-1936 – He contributed music to the Broadway play Petticoat Fever, and he was writing music for Broadway revues, but he received little acclaim.

1937-1938 – Collaborated with lyricist Earle Crooker on the musical plays Salute to Spring and Great Lady, but they similarly failed to gain attention.

1942 – Loewe met Alan Jay Lerner at the Lambs, a theatrical club in New York City, and asked him to work on revising Salute to Spring for a Detroit producer.

1943-1960 – They continued their collaboration through two failures, What’s Up? and The Day Before Spring, before achieving success on Broadway with Brigadoon. This was followed by Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, the film Gigi, and Camelot.

1973-1974 – They reunited to adapt Gigi for the stage and to write the score for the film The Little Prince.

1988 – Died on February 14th in Palm Springs, California.