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The Microcosm of String Ensemble Music 4

based on Béla Bartók's Mikrokosmos for string orchestra

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Author: Bartók Béla
Selected and transcribed by Soós András
Setting: String Orchestra
Length: 100 pages
Format: 23 x 30,2 cm (Bach)
Published: March 2022
Publisher: Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó
Item number: 20034
Other reference: BCSMTLQ
ISMN: 9790080200346
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 mood 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:

1. Elementary (first position): for three violins and cello or children's string orchestra (Z. 20031). This volume also includes preparatory exercises, designed for practicing the more challenging technical and musical tasks, and notes on some of the pieces in the appendix.

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)

In addition to the full scores, volumes 1 to 3 include one copy of each part. For performances with orchestra, further printed parts can be ordered individually.

Each volume is available in printed and digital form. In the digital edition you can download the parts and have access to professional sound recordings of selected pieces. You can purchase both the printed and the digital editions, but you can access the digital editions for free using the unique code in the printed editions.


Hungarian Dance (orig. 68)
Triplets in Lydian Mode (orig. 55)
Dragons' Dance (orig. 72)
Sixths and Triads (orig. 73, Sixths and Triads )
Variations (orig. 87)
Song of the Fox (orig. 95b)
Harmonics (orig. 102)
Melody in the Mist (orig. 107)
From the Island of Bali (orig. 109)
Fifth Chords (orig. 120)
Chords Together and Opposed (orig. 122)
Change of Time (orig. 126)
Syncopation (3) (orig. 133)
Whole-tone Scale (orig. 136)
Bagpipe (orig. 138)
Free Variations (orig. 140)
Subject and Reflection (orig. 141)
From the Diary of a Fly (orig. 142)
March (orig. 147)
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (1) (orig. 148)
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (2) (orig. 149)
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (3) (orig. 150)
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (4) (orig. 151)
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (5) (orig. 152)
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (6) (orig. 153)
New Hungarian Folk Song (orig. 127)
String Orchestra, Three violins and violoncello
String Orchestra, Three violins and violoncello, String Quartet
String Orchestra, String Quartet, String Quintet
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