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


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)


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)


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)


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)


Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

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

Julie Andrews in Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


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)


The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)


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)


Gigi 1958 (Movie)

("Gigi") (Song)

Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

Writer (2)

Brigadoon 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Source Material

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)


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.


Francine Greshler

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

Edmund Loewe

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

Rose Loewe


Ernestine Zwerline

married in 1931 divorced in 1957


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

Berlin Military Academy


Stern's Conservatory




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


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


Entered semi-retirement after Broadway production of "Camelot"


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


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


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


Wrote first hit Broadway musical with Lerner, "Brigadoon"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


He was awarded the Hollander Medal (1923).


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