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The word "Loewe" is translated to English as Lion Did you see the clues?
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The name Loewe is actually the German word for a ferocious animal. Can You Guess the English translation of the word Loewe?
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|1759 - Funeral of George F. Handel. He was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.
1881 - Nikolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, Russian composer, was born.
1924 - German composer and conductor Gerhard Samuel was born.
1925 - French pianist Henri Renaud was born.
1951 - American singer Luther Vandross was born.
1952 - American composer Robert Kyr was born.
1959 - American country singer Dolly Parton's first record was released. Critics smirk that she sounds only "about 12 years old." She was 13.
1986 - At the age of 92, Vladimir Horowitz returned to his native country after 60 years, giving a piano recital at Moscow Conservatory. Listen to Sound Samples at Amazon!
2001 - Premiere of Richard Danielpour's String Quartet. American String Quartet in Kansas City, MO.
|Composer Carl Loewe died April 20, 1869.
Born November 30, 1796, in Löbejün, Carl Loewe was one of the great song writers of his time. He was called the Schubert of North Germany.
His full name was Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe. He first learned music from his father, and became a choirboy at Cöthen, then at Halle.
|In Halle here he went to grammar school. It was while there that he received a grant from the king of Westphalia, which enabled him to further his education in music, and to study theology at Halle University.|
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|Musicians refer to Loewe's songs as "Lieds" (prounounced "leeds"). This is best translated to English as "ballads," rather than the simple German word for "songs," for many were far more complex than the songs we are accustomed to hearing. A characteristic of many of Loewe's songs was the setting to music of the poetry of a famous poet. His 1824 setting of Goethe's Erlkönig rivals Schubert's far more famous version according to many critics. Other poets whose work Loewe used were Friedrich Rückert, William Shakespeare and Lord Byron (translated to German)
He also wrote a number of operas, oratorios (including Das Hohe Lied Salomonis) and instrumental works.
Later in life, Loewe became very popular both as a composer and as a singer, and he made several tours as a singer in the 1840s and 1850s, visiting England, France, Sweden and Norway amongst other countries. He eventually moved back to Germany, and, after quitting his posts in Stettin, moved to Kiel, where he died from a stroke.
In all, Loewe wrote more than 400 Lieds.
|In 1820, Loewe was offered a position as organist and music director for the school in Stettin (now Szczecin) in Poland. This became his home, and It was while there that Loewe did most of his composing.|