Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe

Johann Carl Gottfried LoewePronounced (Lay’-veh, almost Lur-veh)

Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe was born November 30, 1796, at Loebejuen, and died at Kiel, Aprile 20, 1869.

He obtained a place in the choir at Cothen, in 1807, and Turk, the conductor of the town choral society, befriended him greatly.

Turk persuaded King Jerome to give Loewe a pension of 300 thalers, and by this means he was enabled to pursue his musical education.

The outbreak of the war of 1812 deprived Loewe of his means of livelihood, but through the helpf of Niemeyer, chancellor of the Cothen gymnasium, he entered the University of Halle as a theological student.

In 1820 Loewe was appointed professor at the gymnasium and seminary of Stettin, and a year later became Musik-direktor to the Municipality, and organist at St. Jacobus.

He soon established a distinguished reputation both as a professor and as a composer.

He visited Vienna, London and other important centers, and was a favorite of the German emperors William III and IV.

His compositions include five operas, many oratorios, symphonies, concertos, and other works.

His most important works, however, are his ballad songs, which he often sang himself. This include:

  • Edward
  • Archibald Douglas
  • The Maid of the Inn

These three ballads find a welcome place in the repertoire of many modern singers.