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Bartók Béla: Mikrokosmos. Critical Commentary

Volume 41

Edited by Nakahara, Yusuke
Setting: Piano
Series: Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition
Period: 20th Century
Language: Hungarian, English, German
Length: 273 pages
Weight: 1.44 kg
Published: April 2021
Publisher: G. Henle Verlag - Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 15041
Other reference: HN6204
ISMN: 9790080150412
The Critical Commentary volume that accompanies the critical edition of Mikrokosmos not only documents the compositional and folk music sources of the work (from sketches through printed editions and even Bartók's own recordings of some of the pieces) as well as all editorial decisions but, based on this source material, it also presents the compositional process in the greatest detail possible. Many have regarded, and still do, Bartók's monumental series of 153 piano pieces as a key to understanding his compositional methods. This volume reveals the "secrets" behind the pieces: how they were formed and elaborated until they reached their final form and found their place within the series.

The volume has two appendices. Appendix I includes a transcription of Bartók's recording of ''Bulgarian Rhythm (1)'' and the early versions without octaves of ''March'' and the sixth ''Bulgarian Dance''. Appendix II gives Bartók's comments to each of the Mikrokosmos pieces as noted down by the American piano teacher Ann Chenée.

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