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Loewe, Fredericklocked

  • Geoffrey Block

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(b Berlin, June 10, 1901; d Palm Springs, Feb 14, 1988). American composer of German birth. He was the son of an actress and the popular operetta singer, Edmund Loewe, who sang in numerous roles in Berlin and Vienna. Virtually all information about his European years, supplied by the composer, remains undocumented. According to his own account, Loewe was a precocious child prodigy: a composer at five, sexually active at nine, at 13 the youngest pianist to appear with the Berlin Philharmonic, and at 15 the composer of a hit song ...

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