La Musique de Satie, L’Avant Garde

May 17, 2009

I subscribe and receive daily updates from NPR ‘s feature, “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.” Here is a selection from Sunday, May 17, 2009,

Satie, Self Portrait

Satie, Self Portrait

It’s the birthday of composer > Erik Satie <, born in a seaport town in northern France (1866). He’s known for his eccentric piano pieces, with French titles that roughly translate into Flabby Preludes (for a Dog) (1912) and Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear (1903). His scores also contain instructions to the performers like “Light as an egg,” “With astonishment,” or “Work it out yourself.”

> Sample Satie’s Premiere Gymnopedie < here, from Musopen!

Click the link, then click the Download button to play the piece.


One Response to “La Musique de Satie, L’Avant Garde”

  1. donnajgamache Says:

    I hope you will take a moment to listen to the Premiere Gymnopedie. The first of three so-named pieces, they are said to be the precursors to modern ambient music, of which I am a huge fan.

    Sartie’s gymnopedie, Brian Eno’s ambient works, and other atmospheric pieces of unusual meter, with novel harmonies can put me into the most creative groove when I’m writing.

    If you are not familiar with these terms, arts, or works, please investigate. I have them on my iPod.

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