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The Microcosm of String Ensemble Music 2

based on Béla Bartók's Mikrokosmos - Intermediate

sheet music

Author: Bartók Béla
Selected and transcribed by Soós András
Setting: Double Bass part
Length: 8 pages
Format: 23 x 30,2 cm (Bach)
Published: December 2021
Publisher: Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó
Item number: 20032CB
Other reference: 20032, BBYR56N
ISMN: 9790080305638
Mikrokosmos is perhaps the 20th century's most influential set of piano pieces and one of the milestones in pedagogical piano repertoire. These 153 piano pieces, organized in ascending order of difficulty, engage not only with technical aspects of piano playing but also with the fundamentals of composition. In addition, they include character pieces and even pieces with programmatic ideas. The Microcosm of String Ensemble Music provides 148 transcriptions from this series for making music for various string ensembles and graded in four volumes according to level of difficulty. Volumes 1 to 3 also include one copy of each part in addition to the full score. For performances with orchestra, further printed parts can be ordered individually. The parts are also available online at, where they can be viewed and downloaded for free as A4 PDF files using the individual code printed in the volumes.

1. Elementary (first position): for three violins and cello or children's string orchestra (Z. 20031)

2. Intermediate: for three violins and cello or string quartet or junior string orchestra (Z. 20032)

3. Advanced: for string quartet and quintet or string orchestra (Z. 20033)

4. Advanced: for string orchestra (Z. 20034)
Following Bartók's example, Volume 1 includes preparatory exercises, designed for practicing the more challenging technical and musical tasks, in the appendix. At the end of the volume, there are also notes on some of the pieces.
This publication is printed on high-quality, age-resistant paper that is produced in an environmentally-friendly, climate-neutral manner using renewable raw materials.
This publication contains the double bass part of Volume 2.

String Orchestra, Three violins and violoncello
String Orchestra, Three violins and violoncello, String Quartet
String Orchestra, String Quartet, String Quintet
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