Béla Bartók (1881-1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important representatives of modernism. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology. 

Mikrokosmos, also known as Mikrokozmosz in Hungarian, comprises 153 piano pieces spanning six volumes. These pieces were composed between 1926 and 1939, with publication occurring in 1940. Ranging from straightforward beginner études to complex, technically demanding compositions, they serve as fundamental material in contemporary piano instruction. Bartók regarded the collection as a culmination of musical and technical challenges encountered in prior piano compositions. Volumes one and two are dedicated to his son Péter, while volumes five and six are suitable for professional concert performance. I suggest learning these pieces as quick studies in “unusual” sounds.

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