Peer Raben (born Wilhelm Rabenbauer, 3 July 1940, Viechtach, Bavaria – 21 January 2007, Mitterfels, Bavaria, Germany) was a composer best known for his work with German film-maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
In 1966, Raben, together with several others, founded the Action Theatre in Munich, which led to the Anti Theatre in 1968, where he was active as writer, composer and director. In 1969 and 1970 he produced Fassbinder’s first films. After working on a film of his own (Die Ahnfrau), he concentrated on composing for theatre and films.
He directed three films himself: Die Ahnfrau – Oratorium nach Franz Grillparzer (1971), Adele Spitzeder (1972) and Heute spielen wir den Boß (1981), for which he also composed the music.
In addition to Fassbinder, Raben composed music for Robert van Ackeren, Barbet Schroeder, Daniel Schmid, Bernhard Sinkel, Peter Zadek, Hansgünther Heyme, Ulrike Ottinger, Tom Toelle, Percy Adlon and Wong Kar-wai.
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