Mikrokosmos

Agen­cy

Self Pro­ject

Role

Art Direc­tion

Date

Jan 2016

Béla Bartók’s Mikro­kos­mos (Ger­man for Micro­cosm) Sz. 107, BB 105 con­sists of 153 pro­gres­si­ve pia­no pie­ces in six volu­mes writ­ten bet­ween 1926 and 1939.

The indi­vi­du­al pie­ces pro­gress from very easy and simp­le begin­ner étu­des­to very dif­fi­cult advan­ced tech­ni­cal dis­plays, and are used in modern pia­no les­sons and edu­ca­ti­on. In total, accord­ing to Bar­tók, the pie­ce “appears as a syn­the­sis of all the musi­cal and tech­ni­cal pro­blems which were trea­ted and in some cases only par­ti­al­ly sol­ved in the pre­vious pia­no works.”

Volu­mes one and two are dedi­ca­ted to his son Péter, while volu­mes five and six are inten­ded as pro­fes­sio­nal­ly per­form­a­ble con­cert pieces.[1]. Bar­tók also indi­ca­ted that the­se pie­ces could also be play­ed on other instru­ments; Huguette Drey­fus for examp­le has recor­ded pie­ces from Books 3 through 6 on the harp­si­chord.”

mikro-01

mikro-03

mikro-03

Strukture

All of the six volu­mes pro­gress in dif­fi­cul­ty, name­ly:

Volu­mes I-II

Volu­mes III-IV

Volu­mes V-VI

Pie­ces 1–36 and 37–66, begin­ner level

67–96 and 97–121, mode­ra­te to advan­ced level

122–139 and 140–153, pro­fes­sio­nal level

mikro-04

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