Vienna-born American songwriter.
Autograph Musical Manuscript of one of his songs intended for Camelot, “We All Had A Glorious Time,” one and one-half pages, large quarto, .
THE ONLY KNOWN MANUSCRIPT, RETAINED BY LOEWE HIMSELF, OF THIS UNPUBLISHED SONG FOR CAMELOT.
Frederick Loewe writes eighteen lines of music to the song, “We All Had a Glorious Time.” It is a sketch of the melody from his personal archive, written during the creation of this remarkable classic musical.
Camelot, based on the Arthurian legend and T. H. White’s The Once and Future King, opened on Broadway in New York on December 3, 1960 and had a run of 873 performances over two years. Production was staged by Moss Hart, with Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet in the leading roles (Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot). Written in collaboration with Alan Jay Lerner, the musical symbolized to many Americans an ideal society during the presidency of John F. Kennedy. In fact, its admirers included President and Mrs. Kennedy, whose White House circle was often likened to Camelot. It is not an exaggeration to say that Lerner and Frederick Loewe perfected the musical-theater art form in America, and produced some of the best-loved musicals of the twentieth century. The two met by chance in 1942 and began their remarkable collaboration, which “after several unsuccessful attempts created musicals that have been performed throughout the world, revived and filmed” [The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians]. A film version of Camelot was released in 1967.
Contained in a red l1/4 leather folder.
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