Frederick Loewe

Composer, Pianist, Busboy
German-born composer of Viennese ancestry and musical sensibility, who, after a concert career as a European piano prodigy, arrived in New York in 1924 and supported himself in a variety of odd jobs before breaking into ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1901 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Music (34)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

("Camelot") (Song)

What's Your Number? 2011 (Movie)

("Wouldn't It Be Loverly") (Song)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("If Ever I Would Leave You") (Song)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("On The Street Where You Live") (Song)

Live From Lincoln Center: Camelot 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Music

Confetti 2006 (Movie)

'Almost Like Being In Love' (Composer)

The Lake House 2006 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being In Love") (Song)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Music

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("There's A Coach Comin' In") (Song)

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

("That Heaven for Little Girls") (Song)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

("On the Street Where You Live") (Song)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being in Love") (Song)

Michael Crawford in Concert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

("Get Me To the Church On Time") (Song)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

("Thank Heaven for Little Girls") (Song)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

("Camelot") (Song)

My Father, the Hero 1994 (Movie)

("Thank Heaven for Little Girls") (Song)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

("The Heather on the Hill" from "Brigadoon" "Gigi" from "Gigi") (Music)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being in Love") (Song)

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

("On the Street Where You Live") (Song)

Julie Andrews in Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Family Business 1989 (Movie)

("Almost Like Being in Love") (Song)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

("The Night They Invented Champagne") (Song)

Camelot 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Music

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Paint Your Wagon 1969 (Movie)

from musical("Paint Your Wagon") (Music)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

songs (Song)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

from musical (Music)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

("Gigi") (Song)

Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (2)

Brigadoon 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Source Material

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Biography

German-born composer of Viennese ancestry and musical sensibility, who, after a concert career as a European piano prodigy, arrived in New York in 1924 and supported himself in a variety of odd jobs before breaking into Broadway songwriting in 1935. A chance encounter with Alan Jay Lerner in 1942 marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration that brought a romantic lyricism and sophisticated polish to the post-war American musical and resulted in a string of elegant, literate Broadway hits: "Brigadoon" (1947), "Paint Your Wagon" (1951), "My Fair Lady" (1955) and "Camelot" (1960) all of which were adapted to film by Lerner.

Relationships

Francine Greshler

Companion
forty years his junior together from c. 1974 until his death

Edmund Loewe

Father
Viennese tenor who created the role of Prince Danilo in "The Merry Widow" in 1906

Rose Loewe

Mother

Ernestine Zwerline

Wife
married in 1931 divorced in 1957

EDUCATION

studied piano with Ferruccio Busoni and Eugene d'Albert in Berlin and studied composition with Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek

Berlin Military Academy

Berlin

Stern's Conservatory

Berlin

Milestones

1974

Wrote final score for the film musical, "The Little Prince"

1973

Reuinted with Lerner to write four new songs for a Broadway stage production of "Gigi"

1960

Entered semi-retirement after Broadway production of "Camelot"

1960

Produced first Broadway musical, "Camelot" (also composed score)

1958

Collaborated with Lerner on first original movie score, "Gigi"

1958

Suffered a massive heart attack before the London opening of "My Fair Lady"

1947

Wrote first hit Broadway musical with Lerner, "Brigadoon"

1942

Collaborated on first Broadway show with Lerner, "What's Up?"

1941

Met Alan Jay Lerner at the Lambs Club; first collaboration "Life of the Party" which debuted in Detroit, MI

1938

Composed first Broadway score, "Great Lady" (with lyrics by Earle Crooker), which ran only 20 performances

1937

Wrote first full score, "Salute to Spring" for summer pageant at the Municipal Opera, St Louis

1935

Joined Lambs Club in NY and sold first song to Broadway: "Love Tiptoed Through My Heart", sung by Dennis King in "Petticoat Fever"

1924

Moved to the US; performed a Town Hall and the Rivoli Theatre; failed to achieve success because of tenuous command of English language and fact his musical sensibility was not "American" enough

1917

Wrote the music for "Katrina", a popular hit song in Europe at age 15

1914

At 13 became youngest piano soloist to appear with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra

Piano prodigy by age four

Took odd jobs to support self including as busboy, riding instructor, prizefighter; went out West and worked as cow puncher, gold prospector and mail carrier

Began composing songs at a young age; wrote tunes for a music hall sketch in which his father toured Germany

Moved back to NY and played piano in beer halls and the organ at movie theaters

Bonus Trivia

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He was awarded the Hollander Medal (1923).

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Awarded honorary doctorate in music from the University of Redlands and a D.F.Aa. from NYU.

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