Top 50 Favorite/Best Classical – #43 Loewe My Fair Lady
Coming in at number 43 is another musical, Frederick Loewe’s masterpiece, My Fair Lady. Loewe teamed up with Alan Jay Lerner, and the two of them made several very successful musicals from the 1950s onward.
My Fair Lady, an interpretation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, is an amazing musical. Loewe’s music is gorgeous, touching, and infectious. It’s a masterful example of using both the music and the lyrics to “show not tell”, used extremely well in particular with “I Could Have Danced All Night.” Such as: “I’ll never know what made it so exciting/ Why all at once my heart took flight/ I only know when he began to dance with me/ I could have danced, danced, danced all night.”
In the summer after I graduated high school, I got to work backstage at the Foothill College theatrical production of My Fair Lady, and it was such a great experience. Below is the scene from the film when Eliza finally captures the proper pronunciation of “proper” English, and it such a delight. Enjoy.
#43 – Loewe My Fair Lady
#44 – Liszt Mephisto Waltzes
#45 – Webber Evita
#46 – Poledouris Conan The Barbarian
#47 – Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti
#48 – Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
#49 – Chaminade La Lisonjera, Op. 50
#50 – Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Op. 62