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Bach and Guitar? – Music by J. S. Bach…

Recently I have attended the concert of the mandolin orchestra Kollnau-Gutach. This concert was dedicated to compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. The program included the 3rd movement of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 played by a guitar quartet.

The slogan used for this concert was:

Bach – And Now!? (Bach – Und Jetzt!?)

After the concert I was inspired to listen to the music of J. S. Bach, and I searched also for other guitar quartets playing music by Bach.

I have found many videos with movements of the Brandenburg concertos and also of other works. And I found more interesting videos with works by Bach played with big guitar orchestras. Especially some orchestras from Japan seem to be very interested in the music by Bach. The Shiba Guitar Club has an interesting archive of performances of several works including the Brandenburg concertos.

I have compiled a large playlist which starts with guitar quartets followed by guitar orchestras.

Enjoy the music by Johann Sebastian Bach played on four or more guitars!

Playlist Bach – Guitar Quartet – Guitar Orchestra

Including performances by Linzer Gitarren Quartett, Fürther Gitarrenquartett, Mönchengladbach Guitar Quartet, Trío de Guitarras Domine, O&A Guitar Quartet, SHIBA GUITAR CLUB, Tama high. Guitar Ensemble Club, Texas Guitar Quartet, San Diego Guitar Quartet and more.

The playlist starts with

Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 3 – 3. Satz: Allegro (J. S. Bach) – Linzer Gitarren Quartett

klassisches Gitarrenquartett mit Christina Lechner, Karin Gstöttenmayr, Tanja Fleischanderl, Sylvia Haderer

Additional Information

Shiba Guitar Club Archiv youtube channel:

Music for guitar by J. S. Bach on the site of J. F. Delcamp:

Music  by J. S. Bach at IMSLP:,_Johann_Sebastian

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Karlsruhe Guitar Quartet plays Telemann and Kurt Weill’s “Moritat…

The Karlsruhe Guitar Quartet has won the second price in a competition for guitar quartets composed of students in Gevelsberg (Gitarrenwettbewerb in Gevelsberg).

The four members of the quartet are studying classical guitar at the music university of Karlsruhe:

Roman Hernitscheck (Germany), Marco Lima (Brazil), Gleb Simak (Estonia), Kristjan Tamm (Estonia).

Kristjan Tamm and Gleb Simak have won a scholarship by the German-Estonian Society.

The Karlsruhe Guitar Quartet has made two videos with pieces from their program. The first shows the guitar version of the Concerto for four violins by G. Ph. Telemann. The second viedeo shows a great arrangement of “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer” by Kurt Weill from “Die Dreigroschenoper”

Georg Philipp Telemann, Concerto in D-Dur

Noten hier erhältlich / sheet music

Kurt Weill – Moritat Mackie Messer aus „Dreigroschenoper“

Videos made with friendly support by the Hoepfner Foundation and edition49 publishing company

Additional Information

Website of the Youth Competition for Guitar in Gevelsberg:

Music University Karlsruhe:

Boris Björn Bagger:

Andreas von Wangenheim:

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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:

Many videos with Stepan Rak:

Wikipedia (Engl.) about Stepan Rak:

Interview – A Conversation with Stepan Rak (1992):

Article (German):


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.
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Heinrich Albert – Guitar-Quartet N°2 c-minor – Cantomano Quartet

Volker Höh, a German guitarist has sent me this great video of the Quartet No. 2 by Heinrich Albert. The quartet is composed for 2 guitars tuned one third above the standard tuning, one guitar in standard tuning  and a bass guitar tuned one fifth below the standard tuning  – a combination that has been introduced by Heinrich Albert.

Heinrich Albert, Quartett N°2 c-moll.

1. Satz Allegro für 2 Terzgitarren, Prim- und Quintbassgitarre.

Cantomano Quartett: Christopher Esch, Sebastian Schubert, Volker Höh, Stefan Gymsa

Playlist Heinrich Albert

You can find more information about Heinrich Albert and the first Guitar Quartet in my previous post:

Heinrich Albert – The first Guitar Quartet

Also available in German: Heinrich Albert und das erste Gitarrenquartett

Website Volker Höh:

New Renaissance – Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (amazon partnerlink)