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guitar quartet

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.

Antonio Vivaldi – The Famous Guitar Concerto / Lute…

Today i have selected some videos of the concerto for lute, violins and basso continuo in d major by Antonio Vivaldi. This concerto is played quite often by different ensembles. I have played this many years ago together with the mandolin orchestra of Baden (Badisches Zupforchester).

The first video has just been added to youtube. The concerto is played by a large guitar ensemble from Japan:

The second video shows a version arranged for a guitar quartet, played by the Salzburger Gitarrenquartett:

Salzburger Gitarrenquartett – Antonio Vivaldi: Konzert D-Dur

Antonio Vivaldi:Konzert D-Dur
aufgenommen 2004

Three videos show a version played by Prof. Borris Bagger (guitar) and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi, Guitar Concerto in D, 1st Mvt, played and arranged by Boris Björn Bagger – http://www.borisbagger.de,

live concert in Tallinn / Estonia, 30.9.2005, conductor: Leslie B. Dunner (USA), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (http://www.erso.ee ), sheet music and CD available here: http://www.edition49.de (arrangements for several instruments are available)

Prof. Boris Björn Bagger is teaching guitar at the University of Music Karlsruhe / Germany, http://www.hfm-karlsruhe.de

Finally a version that might be quite close to the original version that was played in Vivaldis time – with a lute, two violins and a small portable organ (portativ)

Vivaldi Lute Concerto in D major

Michael Fields plays Vivaldi’s lute concerto at Sastamala Gregoriana Festival in Finland, July 2008, accompnied by members of New Trinity Baroque. His instrument is an archlute by Stephen Gottlieb.

Enjoy the guitar concerto in d-major by Antonio Vivaldi.

Sheet music for this concerto is available in the ISLP archive: