The definitive edition (1987) of the piano teaching classic. Includes an introduction by the composer´s son Peter Bartók.
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.
The 153 pieces making up ´Mikrokosmos´ are divided into six volumes arranged according to technical and musical difficulty.
- Foreword to the Definitive Edition
- Preface by the Composer
- Free Variations
- Subject and Reflection
- From the Diary of a Fly
- Divided Arpeggios
- Minor Seconds, Major Sevenths
- Chromatic Invention (3)
- Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (1)
- Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (2)
- Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (3)
- Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (4)
- Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (5)
- Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (6)
- Appendix: Notes