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Mikrokosmos I-II
Six Unison Melodies, no. 1
1 easy
Six Unison Melodies, no. 2
1 easy
Six Unison Melodies, no. 3
1 easy
Six Unison Melodies, no. 4
1 easy
Six Unison Melodies, no. 5
1 easy
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Béla Bartók

This composer, who numbers among the most important musical figures in the first half of the twentieth century, is known principally for his research into Hungarian folk music, the elements of which he incorporated into his style. His broad oeuvre includes numerous works for orchestra, piano, and chamber ensembles, as well as choral music; songs with piano accompaniment; and an opera.

1881Born in Nagyszentmiklós on March 25. First piano instruction from his mother.
1893–ca. 1896Piano studies with László Erkel in Pressburg (Bratislava).
1899–1903Studies piano and composition at the Budapest Academy of Music. Symphonic poem “Kossuth” in 1903.
from 1905Together with Zóltan Kodály he begins scientific field research into Hungarian folk music and thereby refutes conventional notions. He becomes acquainted with the music of Debussy.
1905–07Suite No. 2, Op. 4, for small orchestra.
1907–34Professor of piano in Budapest.
1908–09“For Children,” 85 transcriptions of folk songs for piano, later only 79.
1915–17String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, with percussive playing techniques.
1917Premiere of his ballet “The Wooden Prince.”
1918Premiere of “Bluebeard’s Castle,” Op. 11 (composed 1911), partially based on the sounds of French music.
1920Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20.
1926Performance of the pantomime “The Miraculous Mandarin.” Piano cycle “Out of Doors.”
1926–39“Mikrokosmos” for piano (six volumes).
from 1934Editor of the complete edition of Hungarian folk music.
1936Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta as avant-garde work.
1937–38Concerto (No. 2) for violin and orchestra.
1940Emigrates to the United States.
1945Piano Concerto No. 3; his concerto for viola remains unfinished. Death in New York on September 26.

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As one would expect from Henle Urtext, the editing, engraving and presentation are exemplary, with crystal clear music engraving on cream paper. Indeed, this is a beautiful score, and will be eagerly welcomed by lovers of Henle editions!

Pianodao, 2018

Die auf der "Kritische(n) Gesamtausgabe Béla Bartók" der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Budapest basierende Henle-Ausgabe in drei Bänden eignet sich vorzüglich zum Studium.

Piano News, 2018

Die bekannte Abfolge der Stücke bleibt erhalten und der gut lesbare, übersichtliche Notensatz richtet sich nach der leicht korrigierten englischen Erstausgabe von 1940. ... Ein weiterer Schatz findet sich in jedem Band zu Beginn, wo jeweils eine Ablichtung der originalen Handschrift des Komponisten zu bewundern ist. ... Eine absolut empfehlenswerte Urtext-Edition des Mikrokosmos.

Üben und Musizieren, 2018

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