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Mikrokosmos - Volume 1 (Pink)

Piano (Piano)
New Definitive Edition. Composed by Bela Bartok (1881-1945). BH Piano. 20th Century, Hungarian and Instructional. Instructional book. Standard notation, introductory text and instructional text. 36 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M060080012. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48011048).

Item Number: HL.48011048
ISBN 1423493044. With standard notation, introductory text and instructional text. 20th Century, Hungarian and Instructional. 9x12 inches.

The definitive edition (1987) of the piano teaching classic. Includes an introduction by the composer's son Peter Bartok. In 1945 Bela Bartok described Mikrokosmos as a cycle of 153 pieces for piano written for didactic purposes, seeing them as a series of pieces in many different styles, representing a small world, or as the world of the little ones, the children. Stylistically Mikrokosmos reflects the influence of folk music on Bartok's life and the rhythms and harmonies employed create music that is as modern today as when the cycle was written.ngarian. The 153 pieces making up Mikrokosmos are divided into six volumes arranged according to technical and musical difficulty. Major teaching points highlighted in Mikrokosmos 1: Unison melodies, Question and answer, Imitation and Inversion.

  • Six Unison Melodies 
  • Dotted Notes 
  • Repetition 
  • Syncopation 
  • With Alternate Hands 
  • Parallel Motion 
  • Reflection 
  • Change of Position 
  • Question And Answer 
  • Village Song 
  • Parallel Motion With Change Of Position 
  • Contrary Motion 
  • Four Unison Melodies 
  • Imitation And Counterpoint 
  • Imitation And Inversion 
  • Pastorale 
  • Canon At The Octave 
  • Imitation Reflected 
  • Canon At The Lower Fifth 
  • Dance In Canon Form 
  • In Dorian Mode 
  • Slow Dance 
  • In Phrygian Mode 
  • Chorale 
  • Free Canon 
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  • 5

    Buffalo, NY
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  • April 12, 2015 Charming Sounds, Satisfying Challenges

    A fine body of music suitable for the training of a 9-and-up aged pianist from beginning to advanced levels. Marked by strong melodic lines and hand independence, the songs throughout all the volumes range in sound from familiar to exotic and explore tonalities of pentatonic folk music, chromatics...

    , modes and layering of two different key signatures between left and right hands. Musical forms include canons, inventions, theme and variations and more while time signatures range from simple 4/4 time to 6/4 and 3/2. When supplemented with a good theory book and another beginning book such as Suzuki volume 1, students of Mikrokosmos will become intelligent, thoughtful piano players with a mature sense of musical line and direction and advanced hand independence. I love Mikrokosmos!

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  • 5

    Sharon, MA
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  • October 22, 2011 Bartok Mikrokosmos I

    This is a wonderful beginner's series for the adult student and can also be used for children who are studying the piano seriously. However, I would recommend a prep series and a note speller before assigning this volume to children.

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  • 5

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  • September 14, 2011 Bartok Microcosmos

    Everty piece in these volumes is a tiny masterpiece. What an act of love Bartok this was for his young son. Amazing what the child can learn here, even when his hand is quite small.

    23 of 49 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Amsterdam, NL
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  • July 07, 2010 Great for the adult beginner

    I love this book: it guided me through my first steps on the piano and that was a very good experience. Contrary to other beginner methods, this one makes you play in all kind of key and modes, not only in C-major. The tunes are surpring and interesting. The...

    only thing that can be frustrating for beginners is the metronome numbers given; I never got to that speed. Now after two years of practice, I use the summer vacation to start all over and play them at the mentioned speed.

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  • March 26, 2009 Excellent for piano and lever harp.

    Best beginning method for piano I have found anywhere. The emphasis on playing the same notes with right and left hands is most helpful in training both hands in dexterity from the beginning, and allows the student to focus on the melody before all else. I wish my frustrated piano...

    teacher 54 years ago had had access to this series. I am using Volume 1 as exercise for my Lever Harp students, for easy sight-reading, exercises for two-hand dexterity, and for practicing crossing over and under. Best material I have found for this use.

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