Long before his famous Mikrokosmos, Bartók composed a comprehensive collection of little piano pieces, entitled For Children. Written in 19081911, its two volumes are based on Hungarian and Slovakian folk tunes respectively. Both are organised in ascending difficulty, from simple two-part pieces to Impressionistic miniatures, and they offer everything that childrens hands can manage.
Bartók revised this collection in the 1940s. He did not just make musical improvements, but also gave every movement a title. This revised version forms the main text of our Urtext edition, while an appendix offers movements from the early version that diverge significantly from the revised ones. As always in Henles Bartók editions, there are indications regarding performance practice and insights into how the composer himself played these pieces.