Bela Bartok (1881–1945) is the eminent Hungarian composer of the 20th century. Having practiced piano and ethnography, he was both the musicologist and teacher. Among his compositions there are the opera, ballets, symphony music, numerous chamber-instrumental, choral and vocal genres. Music for children is an ample and interesting sphere in Bartok's creation. The cycles “Microcosm” and “For Children” are ranked together with the cream of crops produced specially for little ones during the 20th century.
The cycle “For Children” consists of 4 note-books, having appeared in 1908-1909. This is the first experiment of the great composer in the sphere of the music for children. He traveled together with his colleague musicologist and friend Soltan Kodaly via Hungary, writing down early Hungarian, Romanian and Slovak folk tunes. This emotion of fascination and amazement with the folk treasury was instilled to the pieces for children.
The present edition consists of ten pieces from the cycle “For Children” arranged for the string ensemble. Hopefully they would be both of great use and enjoyment for the students of music schools and colleges.