Peter Raabe

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Peter Raabe
Born27 November 1872
Frankfurt, Germany
Died12 April 1945 (1945-04-13) (aged 72)
Weimar, Germany

Peter Raabe (27 November 1872 – 12 April 1945) was a German composer and conductor.


Raabe graduated from 3 schools: the Higher Musical School in Berlin; and the universities of Munich; and Jena. In 1894–98 Raabe worked in Königsberg and Zwickau. In 1899–1903 he worked in the Dutch Opera-House (Amsterdam). In 1907–1920, Raabe was the 1st Court Conductor in Weimar. Raabe performed in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among other locations. On 19 July 1935 Raabe superseded Richard Strauss as the president of Reichsmusikkammer, the Nazi State Music Institute. For almost ten years, Raabe directed the music activity of the Third Reich.

Reichsmusikkammer decree issued on 9 August 1935 by Dr. Peter Raabe, notifying the Berlin musician Dr. Werner Liebenthal of the immediate cessation of his professional activity.

Raabe wrote the first complete chronology of the works of Franz Liszt.


  • Who Was Who in the Third Reich. Biographic encyclopedical dictionary, Moscow, 2003 (in Russian)

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