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Folke Rabe


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Folke Rabe (born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 28th 1935) started out as a jazz musician (trombone) in the 1950s, in dixieland and swing bands, later as well in big bands under the direction of Lulle Ellboj, Harry Arnold, Arne Domnerus and others. During his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm Rabe began putting more emphasis on composing. Among his teachers Bo Wallner, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Ingvar Lidholm, György Ligeti and Witold Lutoslawski may be mentioned. A number of journeys in Europe, North and Latin America, China and India have had an important influence on his musical and cultural perspectives. But also geographically closer experiences and connections, such as the Northern Lappish Yoik singing traditions, have influenced, for instance, his French Horn concerto “Nature, Herd and Relatives”.

In Folke Rabe’s list of works you may find some focal points in music for chorus, electro-acoustic music and, especially in recent years, music for brass. There are concertoes as well as smaller pieces for world famous Swedish brass soloists such as Christian Lindberg (trombone) and Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet). Simultaneously with his activities as a composer Rabe has all the time been working as a music administrator as well, during the ’70s in various positions within the lnstitute for National Concerts in Sweden, the last three years as program director. In 1980-2000 Folke Rabe was on the staff of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation as editor, editor-in-chief and program manager. At present he is a freelance composer and introducer of concerts.

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