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#1612550 - 02/04/11 09:40 AM Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink?
moscheles001 Offline
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How do the blue and pink editions of Bartok's Mikrokosmos differ from each other?

Also, which book would you recommend for an early-intermediate adult student?

Thanks.

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#1612657 - 02/04/11 01:16 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: moscheles001]
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Can you be more specific - who is the publisher of these coloured editions? Or are they published by different publishers?! Are they both the same edition? Are there any other distinguishing features - different forwards, being edited by different people? Or are you asking because you've seen two different colours in a shop or online?
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#1612719 - 02/04/11 03:13 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: Elissa Milne]
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Sheetmusicplus.com, for starters; also Barnes&Noble.com. The publisher is Boosey, of course, but there's nothing in the descriptions online to distinguish them, aside from the pink and blue covers.

I don't suppose it has something to do with giving them as presents at a baby shower?

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#1612720 - 02/04/11 03:17 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: moscheles001]
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Here's the Sheetmusicplus.com link:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?q=mikrokosmos

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#1612723 - 02/04/11 03:26 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: moscheles001]
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I believe (from reading Amazon.com descriptions) that the only difference between the Boosey and Hawkes pink/blue cover versions is the text languages. Please correct me if I am mistaken.

Volume cover color =
Pink: English, French, German, Hungarian
Blue: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese

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#1612736 - 02/04/11 03:54 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: WalkFar]
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Originally Posted By: WalkFar
I believe (from reading Amazon.com descriptions) that the only difference between the Boosey and Hawkes pink/blue cover versions is the text languages. Please correct me if I am mistaken.

Volume cover color =
Pink: English, French, German, Hungarian
Blue: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese


I checked Boosey's web site, and, sure enough, that's the difference. Thanks. I should have gone there first, I guess.

To my second question, though: I'm currently playing, among other things, the Two-Part Inventions, so which Mikrokosmos book would be nearest my level?

Thanks!

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#1612859 - 02/04/11 08:04 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: moscheles001]
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I consider myself intermediate-advanced (more on the intermediate side). I bought books 5 and 6 and my teacher thinks they're perfect for me. For the current pieces I'm working on, see my sig. Hope that helps.
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#1613026 - 02/05/11 06:02 AM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: liszt85]
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Yes, it does. Thanks. I guess I'll get Books V and VI. In blue, to match my eyes!

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#1613888 - 02/06/11 01:06 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: WalkFar]
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Originally Posted By: WalkFar
I believe (from reading Amazon.com descriptions) that the only difference between the Boosey and Hawkes pink/blue cover versions is the text languages. Please correct me if I am mistaken.

Volume cover color =
Pink: English, French, German, Hungarian
Blue: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese


Fascinating! I had no idea!
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#1613933 - 02/06/11 02:29 PM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: moscheles001]
Elissa Milne Offline
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Book 6 is mostly substantially more difficult than the 2-part Inventions.... There are some quite fiddly aspects to the pieces which require considerable control in order to create appropriate layering of sound....
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#1614472 - 02/07/11 08:33 AM Re: Mikrokosmos Blue/Pink? [Re: moscheles001]
moscheles001 Offline
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I went to Sheetmusicplus.com, which gives a view of a couple of pages of each book. Based on what I saw, I ordered Book V only; Book VI looked like it probably was beyond my present abilities.

I'm looking forward to working in this book. I love Bartok, and I've been wanting to get more "modern" pieces into my repertoire.

Thanks to all for your help!

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