Monday, February 26, 2024

RIP Georg Riedel


Czech born Swedish composer Georg Riedel died in Stockholm on February 25, 2024, at the age of 90. Riedel, a name synonymous with the enchanting background scores of Astrid Lindgren's cherished tales, leaves behind a legacy that has been an integral part of Scandinavian childhoods and beyond. His compositions, including the beloved 'Idas Sommarvisa,' have not just entertained but also shaped the musical landscape of children's literature in Sweden. He was born Georg Martin Ludvig Riedel on January 8, 1934, in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia. Riedel's journey to musical prominence began upon his family's relocation to Stockholm. Here, a young Riedel transitioned from the violin to the double bass, uncovering a passion for jazz that would eventually intertwine with the world of children's stories. His induction into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and the recognition with the Children’s Culture Award are testaments to his enduring impact on children's films and music. Georg composed the score for the 1964 Euro-western “Wild West Story”.

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