We are thrilled to be featuring our piano faculty the masterful Adam Tender, a renowned performer of new music for the piano and a 2019 recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. This evening he will be performing the first three books of Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos (96 movements in all!), and in between each volume, he will perform a movement from Bartok’s Three Etudes Op. 18.
Bela Bartok, a Hungarian born composer pianist and ethnomusicologist, was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and a progressive figure in the field of music education. His Mikrokosmos are a series of progressive piano pieces written in six volumes between 1926 and 1939 as a tool for modern piano pedagogy. Starting from the very beginner level to the most advanced techniques, these first three volumes will take us to the moderate level of difficulty. This music may have been intended for academic purposes but Bartok used his unique compositional voice by pulling from folk influences and modern compositional techniques.