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Eric Satie Musical and Spiritual Mentor to Les Six "I have never written a note I didn't mean." - Erik Satie Eric Satie, 1866-1925 Erik Alfred Leslie Satie born in 1866 in Normandy, France Raised in Paris during age when Wagnerian musical model reached its peak in Europe.

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Eric Satie

Musical and Spiritual Mentor to Les Six

"I have never written a note I didn't mean." - Erik Satie


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Eric Satie, 1866-1925

  • Erik Alfred Leslie Satie born in 1866 in Normandy, France

  • Raised in Paris during age when Wagnerian musical model reached its peak in Europe.

  • Later, rejected and rejected by Debussy


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Compositional Style

  • Compositions are humorous, satirical bizarre, and aphoristic.

  • Parody and satire a primary musical impetus.

  • His music intentionally anti-Romantic and anti-Impressionist

  • Considered by many (e.g. John Cage) as forebear of minimalism and ambient music.


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Furniture Music

  • Called some of his music “furniture music,” meaning that it was meant to be heard in the background. Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes are primary examples.

  • Would exclaim “Keep talking amongst yourselves. Whatever you do, don’t listen to the music.”


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Works

  • Trois Gymnopédies (1888), piano

  • Messe des Pauvres (1895)

  • Trois morceaux en forme de poire (1901), piano four hands

  • Descriptions Automatiques (1913), piano

  • Sonatine Bureaucratique (1917), piano

  • Parade (1917), ballet, with Cocteau and Picasso

  • Socrate (1918), symphonic drama

  • Relâche (1924), ballet


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Satie Links

  • Satie Homepage: features audio clips, manuscripts, articles, pictures, and a newsgroup discussion

  • Flabby Préludes for a Dog: a Satie Primer: offers an overview of Satie's career, focusing primarily on his musical influence.

  • Satie’s Crystal Ball: an investigation of Milhaud’s theory that Satie had prophesied the course of music in the 50 years following his death.

  • Eric Satie: the first Surrealist: a good general site on Satie

  • Memories of an Amnesiac: Satie’s personal memoirs in English translation.


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Manuscripts

  • Pièces froides


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Manuscripts

  • Vexations


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Manuscripts

  • Gnossienne No. 4


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Audio Clips

  • Trois Gymnopédies

  • Gnossiennes

  • Parade


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Satie Photos


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Satie Photos


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Satie Photos


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