Loewe, Frederick

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Frederick Loewe, composer. Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner.

From the description of Camelot: typescript, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122314266

From the description of Camelot: typescript, n.d. [electronic resource]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 755039721

Biographical Note

  • 1901, June 10: Born, Berlin, Germany, to Edmund Loewe, a well-known Viennese tenor who originated the role of Prince Danilo in The Merry Widow (1906) and Rosa (Rose) Stagl Loewe, an actress. Loewe occasionally claimed that he was born in Vienna, Austria, which could have been due to his fear of anti-German sentiment after World War II
  • 1906: Began piano lessons
  • 1906 - 1914 : Attended Berlin Military Academy
  • circa 1908: Began composing Contributed several numbers to his father's variety act
  • circa 1910 - circa 1920 : Studied music at Stern Conservatory in Berlin Studied piano with Ferruccio Busoni and Eugen d'Albert Studied composition and orchestrations with Emil Nikolaus von Rezniček
  • 1914: Became the youngest piano soloist to appear with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • 1916: Composed hit song "Katrina"
  • 1923: Awarded the Hollander Medal for piano
  • 1924: Accompanied parents on a trip to the United States Gave a concert at New York’s Town Hall
  • circa 1925 - circa 1929 : Worked odd jobs in New York such as, busboy in a cafeteria, bantam weight boxer at a Brooklyn athletic club
  • circa 1929 - circa 1930 : Worked out West as itinerant cowboy, gold prospector, cowpuncher in Montana, mail carrier on horseback
  • circa 1930 - circa 1939 : Played piano in Greenwich Village nightclub and at the Rivoli Theatre, a movie house on Broadway; taught horseback riding at a New Hampshire resort; played piano on cruise ships and in Yorkville beerhalls
  • 1931: Married Ernestine “Tina” Zwerleine, manager of the Hattie Carnegie fashion enterprises (divorced 1957)
  • 1933: Played piano in pit orchestra for operetta Champagne, Sec Befriended cast member Kitty Carlisle
  • 1935, Mar. 4: Operetta Petticoat Fever opened (Loewe song interpolated into its score)
  • 1935: Joined the Lambs Club in New York
  • 1935 - 1940 : Worked on two unproduced musicals: Saints and Sinners in collaboration with Harold Rome, and The Milkman’s Serenade in collaboration with James Tranter
  • 1936, Jan. 22: The Illustrator’s Show opened (Loewe song interpolated into its score)
  • 1937, June 12: Salute to Spring, with Loewe score, opened in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1938, Dec. 1: Great Lady, with Loewe score, opened
  • 1942, Mar. 27: Gave recital at Carnegie Chamber Music Hall, including excerpts from his own Insect Suite
  • 1942: Met Alan Jay Lerner at the Lambs Club Lerner and Loewe composed the score for the show The Life of the Party
  • 1943, Nov. 11: What’s Up?, with Lerner and Loewe score, opened
  • 1945, Nov. 22: The Day Before Spring, with Lerner and Loewe score, opened
  • 1947, Mar. 13: Brigadoon, with Lerner and Loewe score, opened
  • 1951, Nov. 12: Paint Your Wagon, with Lerner and Loewe score, opened
  • 1956, Mar. 15: My Fair Lady, with Lerner and Loewe score, opened
  • 1958, Feb. 26: Suffered heart attack
  • 1958: Gigi (film), with Lerner and Loewe score, released
  • 1960, Dec. 3: Camelot, with Lerner and Loewe score, opened
  • 1960 - 1969 : Lived in Palm Springs, California in the winter, the Riviera in the spring, the Tyrol in the summer, and occasionally in New York
  • 1962: Travelled to Japan with Burgess Meredith to research a musical
  • 1967, Oct. 24: Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary degree), New York University
  • 1973, Nov. 13: Stage version of Gigi opened, with four new Lerner and Loewe songs
  • 1974: The Little Prince (film), with Lerner and Loewe score, released
  • 1979, May 14: Gala tribute for Lerner and Loewe at the Winter Garden Theater
  • 1985: Received Kennedy Center Honor
  • 1986, June 14: Alan Jay Lerner died
  • 1988, Feb. 14: Loewe died from a heart attack at his home, Palm Springs, California

From the guide to the Frederick Loewe Collection, 1923-1988, (bulk 1945-1975), (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Leo Reisman collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1932-1948 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Myers, Mariann. [In recital Monday, May 3, 1976, Mariann Myers, soprano, and Terry Cook, baritone] [sound recording] / accompanied by Jeanette Renfro]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
referencedIn Trude Rittman scores, ca. 1934-ca. 1975 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Frederick Loewe Collection, 1923-1988, (bulk 1945-1975) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. Gigi [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Philadelphia Orchestra. Transcription of WFLN radio broadcast [sound recording], 1976 May 13. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Gevirti ha-Naṿah. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Robert A. Wilson slides, 1956-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Tisch School of the Arts. Tisch School of the Arts records, 1956-1981 (bulk 1965-1981). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Dan H. Laurence Collection. My fair lady / lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe ; Christopher Wilkins, conductor ; Vivienne Elborne, stage director - program for production by the San Antonio Symphony, May 22-24, 1998. University of Guelph
referencedIn Levin, Herman, 1907-1990. Herman Levin papers, 1943-1981. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Ffolkes, David. Costume design for Brigadoon, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Dean, Tisch School of the Arts, Bulk, 1965-1981, 1956-1981 New York University. Archives
creatorOf Jackson, Anna, 1986-. NATS winners concert [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Stratford Festival Collection. Gigi / book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, based on a novel of the same title by the French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, music by Frederick Loewe ; directed by Richard Monette, 2003 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Wiman, Dwight Deere, 1895-1951. Papers, 1922-1950. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Dan H. Laurence Collection. My Fair Lady / by Bernard Shaw ; book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe ; staged by Moss Hart - souvenir program for production at the ?, ca., 1960. University of Guelph
creatorOf Rittman, Trude. [Original compositions and arrangements / Trude Rittman]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Brigadoon / book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe ; directed by Donald Fleckser ; music and choral directed by Donald McKellar, 1962 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. My fair lady : typescript, [1956]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ted Royal scores, 1892-1975 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Olive Reeves-Smith Papers, 1879-1964, 1920-1961 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Royal, Ted, 1904-1981. Ted Royal scores, 1892-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. Brigadoon : a musical play in two acts / book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Costume designs, [1956]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Cheryl Crawford papers, 1920-1986 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). My Fair Lady / book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Lowe ; adapted from George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" ; production staged and directed by Peter Dearing ; music and choral directed by Don McKellar, 1964 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Bookspan, Martin. WQXR great artists series, 1949-1983 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. My fair lady : [conductor music score] / [music: Frederick Loewe]. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986. Cheryl Crawford papers, 1920-1986. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Motley, pseud. Motley costume designs, 1936-1965. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Dan H. Laurence Collection. My Fair Lady / by Bernard Shaw ; book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe ; staged by Moss Hart - souvenir program for production at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York, March 15, 1956. University of Guelph
creatorOf Busoni, Ferruccio, 1866-1924. Commercial 33-1/3 RPM recordings of music by other composers and spoken word performances in the collections of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, [ca.1950]-[ca.1990]. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
creatorOf Posaune Voce Trio. Posaune Voce Trio [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Dan H. Laurence Collection. My Fair Lady / by Bernard Shaw ; book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe ; directed by Robin Midgley - souvenir program for production at the Haymarket Theatre, Leichester, 1979. University of Guelph
referencedIn Motley costume designs, 1936-1965 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Johnny Green papers, 1920-1991. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. Brigadoon : a musical play in two acts / books and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Dwight Deere Wiman papers, [microform], 1922-1950 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. Camelot: typescript, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. My fair lady [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Brigadoon / book and lyrics by Allan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe ; directed by Ignace Strasfogel, 1950 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. Musical comedies. Paint your wagon [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. My fair lady [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Stratford Festival Collection. Camelot / book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; music by Frederick Loewe ; directed by Richard Monette, 1997 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. If ever I would leave you [music] / [music by Frederick] Loewe ; [words by Alan Jay] Lerner ; arr. Michael Hurst. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Weissmuller, Donald. [Collection of music used by dancer Donald Weissmuller]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Portraits of Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in My fair lady, [1956]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. Gigi [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. Camelot: typescript, n.d. [electronic resource]. OCLC Econtent Synchronization Program
referencedIn Clark, Peggy. Peggy Clark collection ca. 1930-ca. 1970 (bulk 1940-ca. 1960). Library of Congress
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Gevirti ha-Naṿah. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Australian Broadcasting Commission. Music Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Balanchine, George. person
associatedWith Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. person
associatedWith Clark, Peggy. person
associatedWith Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986. person
associatedWith Dan H. Laurence Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Dan H. Laurence Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Dan H. Laurence Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Dan H. Laurence Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Ffolkes, David. person
associatedWith Frederick Loewe Collection (Library of Congress) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Hurst, Michael, 1925- person
associatedWith Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986. person
associatedWith Levin, Herman, 1907-1990. person
associatedWith Motley, pseud person
associatedWith Motley, pseud. person
associatedWith Myers, Mariann. person
associatedWith Philadelphia Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Posaune Voce Trio. corporateBody
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
associatedWith Reeves-Smith, Olive, 1894-1972 person
associatedWith Reisman, Leo, 1897-1961 person
associatedWith Rittman, Trude. person
associatedWith Royal, Ted, 1904-1981. person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Stratford Festival Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Stratford Festival Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Symphony Australia. corporateBody
associatedWith Tisch School of the Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
associatedWith Wiman, Dwight Deere, 1895-1951. person
correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
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Music--Manuscripts--United States
Musical theater--United States--20th century
Motion picture music--Scores
Musicals--Scores
Theater--United States
Musicals--Excerpts, Arranged
Motion picture music--Excerpts, Arranged
Musical films
Composers
Musicals
Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores and parts
Popular music--United States
Occupation
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Birth 1901-06-10

Death 1988-02-14

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