The Microcosm of String Ensemble Music
Mikrokosmos is perhaps the 20th century's most influential set of piano pieces and one of the milestones in pedagogical piano repertoire. These 153 piano pieces, organized in ascending order of difficulty, engage not only with technical aspects of piano playing but also with the fundamentals of composition. In addition, they include character pieces and even pieces with programmatic ideas. The Microcosm of String Ensemble Music provides 148 transcriptions from this series for making music for various string ensembles and graded in four volumes according to level of difficulty. Volumes 1 to 3 also include one copy of each part in addition to the full score. For performances with orchestra, further printed parts can be ordered individually. The parts are also available online at www.digikotta.hu, where they can be viewed and downloaded for free as A4 PDF files using the individual code printed in the volumes.
Modeled on the popular Leggiero series, Leggierissimo was launched with music schools’ youngest string players in mind. In these very easy pieces for string orchestra, a third violin part replaces the viola. Everything is in the first position, so even after just a few years of instrumental study children can experience the pleasure of orchestral playing. Most of the volumes published so far were compiled by András Soós and László Zempléni, partly as composers of original works and arrangements, partly as transcribers of works (mainly for piano) by the greatest masters (Händel, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky). Every volume appears in the form of a folder, containing both the score and the individual parts.
EMB’s Leggiero series is partly a reprint and partly a renewed edition of its forerunner, the widely known and played series "Works for Youth Orchestra". It is a collection made from the most successful volumes comprising works by classical and contemporary composers and the easy arrangements of popular piano works with a new layout and attractive design. This series is ideal for for junior string orchestras because the works can also be performed with a third violin part instead of viola. The arrangements offer full musical value and were made by outstanding Hungarian music teachers and composers. Each volume appears in the form of a folder and includes the score and ample parts for an average-sized orchestra.