“Meditation” is in dorian mode, differentiating it from many of the other pieces in Mikrokosmos. A rolling, broken chord accompaniment nicely sets a foundation for the gentle melody, which Bartók inverts partway through the piece. Teachers may find worth in explaining the compositional techniques used here, also including reversal of the accompaniment and melodic roles of both hands in the final measures. Students will discover the exacting dynamic markings to be helpful, especially when they give specific details regarding balance.
Mikrokosmos is available through Boosey and Hawkes.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow