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Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes and Other Works for Piano

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In his piano works especially, Erik Satie (1866-1925) was a witty musical caricaturist. The eccentric French composer loved to satirize academic rules in general and the impressionistic titles of Debussy's compositions in particular, giving his own works such surrealistic names as Pieces in Pear Form and Dried Embryos, and annotating them with equally bizarre musical directions: Tres 'neuf heures du matin (Very nine in the morning), Corpulentus (Corpulent), and so on. His comic spirit is equally embodied in the music itself, as this delightful selection of seventeen piano works amply proves. They are as spare, lively, and capricious as they are hauntingly melodic. In addition to the well-known Gymnop dies and Gnossiennes, the pieces reproduced here include Sarabandes, Pi ces froides, Poudre d'or, En habit de cheval, Morceaux en forme de poire, Embryons dess ch s, Aper us d sagreables, Descriptions automatiques, and more.
This volume, the largest collection of Satie's piano works yet published, has been reprinted on fine-quality paper from authoritative original editions, and sturdily bound to provide you a lifetime of study and enjoyment. In its pages are some of the most original and appealing achievements of a turbulent era in music, compositions that influenced such modern masters as Ravel, Milhaud, and Poulenc.



Author: Erik Satie
Publisher: Dover Publications
Published: 06/01/1989
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.04lbs
Size: 11.87h x 8.96w x 0.35d
ISBN: 9780486259789

About the Author
French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) exercised a profound effect on 20th-century music, creating innovative harmonies with a freedom of form and mastery of musical understatement that influenced modern masters from Debussy and Ravel to Milhaud, Poulenc, and Cage.

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