Reine Dahlqvist was born on September 2, 1945, and died on October 17, 2014 of complications arising from prostate cancer.
A highly important researcher into the history of the trumpet, my Swedish colleague and friend Bengt Eklund acquainted me with him from the very start of his work. As a trumpeter, he was self-taught. He could play high notes on his piccolo trumpet, but I am not aware that he ever participated in orchestra performances. Dahlqvist’s groundbreaking dissertation—Bidrag till trumpeten och trumpetspelets historia från 1500-talet till mitten av 1800-talet med särskild hänsyn till perioden 1740-1830, two vols. (Gothenborg University 1988)—was written in Swedish but had a long summary in English that enabled non-Swedish speakers to gather important information.
Reine Dahlqvist wrote other important articles, including one on Anton Weidinger and the invention of the keyed trumpet: The Keyed Trumpet and Its Greatest Virtuoso, Anton Weidinger (Nashville: The Brass Press, 1975). In addition, he was concerned about bringing out a new edition of his dissertation that would be written in English and would present information that he had not known about in 1988. This work went on for decades, and since I was the one who helped him put his language into a presentable English, we were constantly in contact. About two years ago, his transmissions of texts in “Swinglish” (i.e., his brand of English) ceased, and we were only about one fifth through the text.
Reine lived alone in the house which formerly belonged to his parents. He is survived by his sister. He never held an academic position; throughout his life he subsisted through scholarships that he had received to continue his research. During the past decade he worked part time as a postman while continuing his research in the Gothenborg University library. Several years ago he developed prostate cancer. The treatments seemed to be successful for a time and he was optimistic to the end. He seems to have died a lonely death some two days before his neighbors discovered him in his house.
The trumpet world is much the poorer without Reine Dahlqvist and much the richer for his contributions to brass history. We can only hope that he typed the results of his research into his computer at the university library and that it is preserved in a state that will someday permit its contents to be made available.
Edward H. Tarr