Basically Bartók or Mostly Mikrokosmos

On 17 November 2007, the students of Colin Forbes presented two programs of piano music from the 6 volumes of Mikrokosmos by Béla Bartók, together with some items from his First Term at the Piano, For Children and Ten Easy Pieces.

This afternoon and evening of mini-recitals, by all of Colin's students, was a rare opportunity to experience the greatest pedagogic masterwork for piano of the 20th Century. Colin's students are of all ages, from eight to eighty, of every level from beginner to advanced. The performances ranged from the very simplest to the most difficult and complex of the 153 pieces that make up Mikrokosmos. At the end of each concert, Colin also played some pieces from this masterwork.

Afternoon program (Junior and intermediate students)
Jack AdamsVol.I: 1-6 Six Unison Melodies. 12 Reflections. 15 Village Song. Vol.II: 40 Yugoslav mode.
Prue TysoeVol.I: 7 Dotted notes. 8 Repetition. 9 Syncopation. 10 With alternate hands. 11 Parallel motion. 13 Change of position. 14 Question and answer.
Jessie OdomVol.I: 18-21 Four unison melodies.
Dominic Page"First Term at the Piano": No.10 Folk Song. Vol.I: 22 Imitation and Counterpoint. 23 Imitation and inversion. For Children: Song (The Lost Cat).
Savannah BurgeFor Children: Study for the left hand.
Casey BurgeVol.II: 38 Staccato and legato. 39 Staccato and legato.
Ruby HarfordVol.I: 27 Syncopation. 33 Slow dance. Vol.II: 55 Triplets in Lydian mode (piano duo)
Phyllida BehmVol.II: 49 Crescendo-diminuendo. 52 Unison divided. 54 Chromatic. 55 Triplets in Lydian mode (piano duo).
Jack AdamsonVol.III: 67 Thirds against a single voice. 69 Chord study. 74 Matchmaking song (Solo).
Harriet Blaazer-Grossi (soprano) and Ruth Parsons (piano)Vol.III: 74 Matchmaking song. 95 Song of the fox. Vol.II: 32 Dialogue.
Ruth ParsonsVol.III: 90 in Russian style. 76 In three parts. Ten easy pieces: Evening in Transylvania.
Harriet Blaazer-GrossiVol.II: 45 Meditation. Vol.IV: 113 Bulgarian rhythm.
James KingVol.II: 43 In Hungarian style (piano duo). 44 Contrary motion (piano duo). Vol.III: 75 Triplets. 72 Dragons' dance.
Charlotte AplinVol.II: 42 Accompaniment in broken chords. Vol.IV: 107 Melody in the mist.
Colin ForbesVol.I: Little dance in canon form. 34 in Phrygian mode. Vol.II: 50 Minuet. 57 Accents. 62 Minor sixths in parallel motion. Vol.III: 78 Five tone scale. 80 Homage to R.Sch. 96 Stumblings.

Evening program (Intermediate and senior students)
Griff WareVol.II: 47 Big fair. 48 In Mixolydian mode. IV: 100 In the style of a folk song. 102 Harmonics. Vol.III: Hungarian dance (piano duo, with Lincoln Daw).
Lincoln DawVol.III: 82 Scherzo. 84 Merriment. Vol.I: 32 In Dorian mode.
Lucy AplinVol.VI: 147 March. Vol.III: 94 Tale. Vol.V: 139 Merry Andrew.
Rachel ParsonsVol.III: 77 Little study. Vol.IV: 116 Melody. Vol.III: 79 Homage to JSB.
Kathy FranziVol.IV: 97 Notturno. Vol.II: 61 Pentatonic melody. Vol.IV: 109 From the island of Bali. Vol.II: 58 In Oriental style.
Meg ColwellVol.II: 60 Canon with sustained notes, (a) Organ, (b) Piano. Vol.V: 123 Staccato and legato (1 & 2). 136 Whole-tone scale. 125 Boating.
Helen SaundersonVol.III: 87 Variations. Vol.IV: 112 Variations on a folk tune.
Ros DalziellVol.IV: 118 Triplets in 9/8 time. Vol.II: 63 Buzzing. Vol.IV: 114 Theme and inversion. Vol.VI: 143 Divided arpeggios. Vol.III: 88 Duet for Pipes.
Daniel SteynVol.V: 135 Perpetuum mobile. Vol.III: 83 Melody With interruptions. Vol.V: 137 Unison. 130 Village Joke.
Alexander O'Sullivan (* with Erin Allen, Soprano)Vol.V.: Chords together and opposed. Vol.III: 91-92 Chromatic inventions 1 & 2. (*) Vol.V: 127 New Hungarian Folk Song. 131 Fourths. Vol.I: 144 Minor seconds, Major sevenths. Vol.V: 133 Syncopation. (Alexander also played these pieces at the afternoon concert)
Stuart LongVol.VI: 148-153 Six dances in Bulgarian rhythm.
Colin ForbesVol.IV: 120 Fifth chords. 117 Bourrée. 110 Clashing sounds. Vol.V: 129 Alternating thirds. Vol.VI: 141 Subject and reflection. 146 Ostinato.