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 Post subject: Bartok Mikrokosmos book 1 "Pastorale" -- out of order?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:49 am 
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I use Mikrokosmos book 1 for elementary sight-reading with students who are too mature for Piano Adventures. I have a small group of students who are all about the same reading level and two of them got to "Pastorale" this week. Both had an incredibly rough time with it. I'm wondering if anyone else thinks Pastorale is a bit out-of-order in terms of the difficulty progression of Mikrokosmos. Key signature is three sharps (it's only the second piece in the book with a key signature other than C major), the left hand has a lot of ties, and it's one of the first 5-6 pieces with independent hand movement... all at the same time! The rest of Mikrokosmos book 1 only has one piece with a non-C key signature and that's only 2 sharps. The later pieces continue to have independent hand movement.

I'm already planning on skipping Pastorale with the next student and circling back to it later.


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 Post subject: Re: Bartok Mikrokosmos book 1 "Pastorale" -- out of order?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:00 am 
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I think what makes this unusual is that it's in D major but has the A major key signature. The G sharp is not what you'd expect and I can can imagine young players tripping up on that.

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 Post subject: Re: Bartok Mikrokosmos book 1 "Pastorale" -- out of order?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:15 am 
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Bartok does use a lot of modal writing even in book 1. I think it's a really great idea. However, yes, so far the G sharp appears to get forgotten more frequently than its peers.


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