Title

A Discussion of Johann Sebastian Bach's Two-Part "Inventions" and Bela Bartok's "Mikrokosmos," Concerning Their Value as Teaching Aids

Publication Year

1972

Keywords

music, Bach, Bartok, composition, teaching aids, piano

Disciplines

Composition | Music | Music Education | Musicology | Music Pedagogy

Abstract

Two of the most successful attempts at pedagogical writing for keyboard have been realized in Johann Sebastian Bach's Two-Part Inventions and Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos. The Two-Part Inventions, which will be referred to in this study as the Inventions (as opposed to the Sinfonias, Three-Part Inventions), were written originally as pedagogical pieces incorporating technical exercises into little compositions, but they have become standard recital pieces for the pianist. Individual pieces of the Mikrokosmos, on the other hand, were conceived originally as concert pieces played by Bartok in his solo recitals, yet are used today more for study than for performance.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Music

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