Personalities | Carl Loewe | Early Romantic | Classical

(Kärl Lö’-ve) 1796–1869
German composer and singer

Loewe studied first with his father and later with Daniel Türk at Halle. He was a gifted singer and performer and was appointed professor and Kantor at the Gymnasium and seminary in Stettin, where he spent the rest of his life. He was a devout Catholic, and his religion was an inspiration for his composition throughout his life. He is best known for his songs, especially the narrative ballads, and his setting of Goethe’s Erlkönig is a worthy alternative to Schubert’s famous song. A stroke in 1864 seriously affected his work, and he died from another stroke five years later.

Recommended Recording:
Balladen & Lieder, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus (Deutsche Grammophon)

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