1991 RP2. Discovered 1991 Sept. 9 by F. Borngen and L. D. Schmadel at Tautenburg.

Named in memory of the German composer Johann Carl Friedrich Loewe (1796-1869), born in Löbejun, near Halle. At the age of 23 he visited Goethe in Weimar {see planet (3539)}. From 1820 to 1866 he lived in Stettin and was organist, precentor, music teacher and director for music in the town. There he directed the Pomeranian music festivals. His compositional work includes about 400 ballads, for which he favored dramatic-epic and romantic words, particularly by Goethe, Uhland and Herder {see, respectively, planets (3047), (9052) and (8158)}. This form of song owes its real popularity to him. He performed his ballads himself at concerts. (M 34632; M 34673) Name proposed by the first discoverer.

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