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Stepan Rak – The Very Popular Rumba for Four…

Stepan Rak has composed a Rumba for four guitars. This Rumba is very popular and is played often by guitar quartets and also bigger guitar ensembles. After I had discovered this rumba I have found many more videos with this piece.

Stepan Rak is a composer, teacher and guitar player from Prague. The guitars are used as percussion instruments in this composition – this is much fun for the players, but also for the listeners.This makes the rumba also very popular as an encore.

Gitarrenfest Seckau 2010 Rak Rumba

This is my playlist with many recordings of the Rumba by Stepan Rak:

Playlist Rumba – Stepan Rak

Additional Information

Homepage Stepan Rak: http://www.stepanrak.cz/

Many videos with Stepan Rak: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rak+stepan&aq=f

Wikipedia (Engl.) about Stepan Rak: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0t%C4%9Bp%C3%A1n_Rak

Interview – A Conversation with Stepan Rak (1992): http://www.egta.co.uk/content/rakinterview

Article (German): http://www.radio.cz/de/rubrik/tagesecho/stepan-rak-ein-prager-komponist-mit-ungewoehnlichem-lebenslauf

Interview: http://www.guitarkutnahora.com/en/?interview-with-stepan-rak

An interesting point from this interview about guitarists:

With all that wonderful experience, how would you describe your vision of professional guitar education?
I would prefer to speak about a vision of professional music education, because I always felt how important it is, especially for guitarists, to complete their music education. In the past, there was a habit among guitarists to view music through a guitar perspective, a narrow point of view. They know Bach according to a version of John Williams or Julian Bream, but hardly from recordings by Isoire, Sherring or Navarra just to name a few. These circumstances have fortunately improved a great deal. I think that professional musicians, including guitarists, should have ample knowledge of music in general. This means they should visit concerts of other instruments, of orchestras, opera and ballet. A certain amount of skills in the art of improvisation and composition is also required.