Georg Riedel (jazz musician)

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Georg Riedel
Riedel in 2013
Riedel in 2013
Background information
Born(1934-01-08)8 January 1934
Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
Died25 February 2024(2024-02-25) (aged 90)
Stockholm, Sweden
GenresJazz, Classical music, music for children
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Double bass

Georg Riedel (8 January 1934 – 25 February 2024) was a Czechoslovak-born Swedish double bass player and composer.[1] Riedel migrated to Sweden at the age of four[1] and attended school in Stockholm, including the Adolf Fredrik's Music School.[2]

The best known recording featuring Riedel is probably Jan Johansson's Jazz på svenska (Jazz in Swedish), a minimalist-jazz compilation of folk songs recorded in 1962–1963, though Riedel recorded with other leading Swedish musicians[1] including trumpeter Jan Allan and Arne Domnérus.

Riedel's profile as a composer derives almost exclusively from writing music for Astrid Lindgren movies, including the main theme from the Emil i Lönneberga ("Emil of Maple Hills") movies.[1] He also composed the music for several films by Arne Mattsson in the 1960s as well as for film adaptions of novels by Stig Dagerman.

Riedel also played on Jazz at the Pawnshop in 1977.


Riedel was born in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, to a Sudeten German father and a Czech Jewish mother. In 1938, when Riedel was four years old, the family fled to Sweden following the German annexation of the Sudetenland.[3][4]

Riedel died in Stockholm on 25 February 2024, at the age of 90.[5]

Selected film music[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Georg Riedel". Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  2. ^ Anna Kågström (12 June 2013). "Riedel vs Riedel" (in Swedish). Lärarnas Nyheter (Swedish magazine for teachers). Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Georg Riedel blomstrar". 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Georg Riedel: "Jag har tagit vara på turen i mitt liv"". 28 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Georg Riedel död – blev 90 år gammal".

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