Mikrokosmos Books 1 & 2

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-04-18
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Béla Bartók wrote the first four volumes of the Mikrokosmos as a series of beginning piano exercises for his son Péter. The great Hungarian composer's complete six-volume collection represents one of the most comprehensive anthologies of contemporary technique ever assembled. This edition, consisting of the first two volumes, presents more than 100 pieces of study material suitable for first- and second-year students.
In a 1945 radio interview, Bartók explained, "The Mikrokosmos is a cycle of 153 pieces for piano, written with a didactic purpose. That is, to give piano pieces which can be used from the very beginning and then going on. It is graded according to difficulties. And the word Mikrokosmos may be interpreted as a series of pieces in many different styles, representing a small world. Or it may be interpreted as 'world of the little ones, the children.'" This volume constitutes the definitive edition of Bartók's tutorials, drawing upon all known manuscripts and the printed originals for a corrected version approved by the composer's son and the first student to benefit from these exercises.

Author Biography

Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881–1945) was inspired by the themes, modes, and rhythmic patterns of folk music, which he incorporated into his own distinctive style. As a teacher, ethnomusicologist, and pianist, he was enormously influential in the direction of 20th-century music.

Table of Contents

Vol. I
1. Unison Melody
2. Unison Melody
3. Unison Melody
4. Unison Melody
5. Unison Melody
6. Unison Melody
7. Dotted Notes
8. Repetition
9. Syncopation
10 With Alternate Hands
11. Parallel Motion
12. Reflection
13. Change of Position
14. Question and Answer
15. Village Song
16. Parallel Motion and Change of Position
17. Contrary Motion
18. Unison Melody
19. Unison Melody
20. Unison Melody
21. Unison Melody
22. Imitation and Counterpoint
23. Imitation and Inversion
24. Pastorale
25. Imitation and Inversion
26. Repetition
27. Syncopation
28. Canon at the Octave
29. Imitation Reflected
30. Canon at the Lower Fifth
31. Little Dance in Canon Form
32. In Dorian Mode
33. Slow Dance
34. In Phrygian Mode
35. Chorale
36. Free Canon
Vol. II
37. In Lydian Mode
38.Staccato and Legato
39. Staccato and Legato
40. In Yugoslav Mode
41. Melody with Accompaniment
42. Accompaniment in Broken Triads
43. In Hungarian Style
44. Contrary Motion
45. Meditation
46. Increasing-Diminishing
47. Big Fair
48. In Mixolydian Mode
49. Crescendo-Diminuendo
50. Minuetto
51. Waves
52. Unison Divided
53. In Transylvanian State
54. Chromatic
55. Triplets in Lydian Mode
56. Melody in Tenths
57. Accents
58. In Oriental Style
59. Major and Minor
60. Canon with Sustained Notes
61. Pentatonic Melody
62. Minor Sixths in Parallel Motion
63. Buzzing
64. Line and Point
65. Dialogue
66. Melody Divided

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