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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Frederick Loewe

Frederick Loewe

Born: June 10, 1901, Berlin, Germany

Died: February 14, 1988, Palm Springs, California

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(p.214) Frederick Loewe
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Steven Suskin

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0016

This chapter examines the work of Frederick Loewe. Loewe was the son of Austrian tenor Edmund Loewe, who created the role of Prince Danilo in the 1906 Berlin première of Lehar’s Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow). At the age of thirteen, Frederick appeared as a piano soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic; at fifteen, he wrote the pop hit Katrina, which apparently sold over a million copies in Europe. He determined upon a career in serious music and studied piano and composition with Ferruccio Busoni (Kurt Weill’s teacher). Arriving in America in 1924, Loewe was unable to succeed at a musical career and went through a string of unlikely occupations, including prospecting, cowpoking, and professional boxing.

Keywords:   Frederick Loewe, composers, Broadway musicals, Ferruccio Busoni, Katrina, musical career

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