Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady, Ouverture#
As the son of a Viennese operetta tenor, Frederick Loewe (1901 Vienna
- 1988 Palm Springs/U.S.A.) already sold 1 million copies of his
hit-song Kathrin, when he was just 15 years old. Later it was his
dream to create an American equivalent to the Fledermaus,
which he achieved with the Musical My Fair Lady (1958)
by creating a synthesis of Americn and European sound with
audience-pleasing wit (Example, Excerpt from the Overture) and made him
incredibly popular. His melodious musical lines and easy mastery of the
classical Musical (where, as in films, music is toned down in places
where the show requires the full attention of the audience) bear
witness to his professionalism which somettimes aroused jealousies. (M.
© Sound: 1993 Ariola Musik Ges. m. b. H. Wien Reverso 660 802, Interpreten: Orchester der Wiener Volksoper, Uwe Theimer (Leitung).