Bartokś Mikrokosmos: genesis, pedagogy, and style
Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos is a collection of 153 pieces for piano designed by the composer as a series graded according to difficulty. The pieces were written between 1926 and 1939 and have become by far the best-known series of teaching pieces by a major composer in the twentieth century.
This study investigates Bartok's Mikrokosmos from three main viewpoints: the genesis of the pieces, their pedagogical value, and their stylistic qualities. The book is intended for piano teachers, students, and performers, as well as anyone interested in Bartok's life and work as pianist, educator, and composer.
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Bart6k as Pianist
Bart5k as Teacher
Background and Development of the Mikrokosmos
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accents Accompanying Figurations bagpipe bars Bart6k Bartok's Comments BBGM beat Bela Bartok BROKEN CHORD PLAYING Budapest Bulgarian Rhythm canonic Change of clef change of tempo chromatic Clef changes Combined Touch-Forms concert Counterpoint damper dance degrees diatonic dotted tenuto Dynamic Contrast ends espressivo Exercise EXPRESSION fifth FINGER INDEPENDENCE FINGERING PROBLEMS fourth fundamental tone half note Hand crossings HAND INDEPENDENCE Hungarian Ibid interlude INTERVAL PLAYING juxtaposition key signature Legato Lydian major sevenths marcato melody meter Mikrokosmos minor second Mixed accidentals mode motif Musicianship non-legato NOTATION octatonic scale octave ostinato Part-playing PASSAGE-WORK pedal pentachord pentatonic percussive Phrasing Phrygian Phrygian mode pianist piano piano pieces pitch collection portamento principal tone pulse unit pupil quarter note rhythm schemata Romanian Scalar passages schema separating signs seventh chord Slovak song staccatissimo staccato stretto structure style Suggestions Syncopation Technique tenuto ternary form tetrachord theme tion tonic TOUCH triads trichords variant voice whole-tone Z-cell