Erik Satie

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Éric Alfred Leslie Satie(signed his name Erik Satie after 1884) (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925) was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colorful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd

An eccentric, his idiosyncracies were many and ran deep. He ate only white foods, such as eggs, coconut, rice, white cheese and fish, sugar, flour, and turnips, as well as scraped animal bones and fat. He refused to use soap, cleaning himself instead with pumice stones, and carefully avoided the sun whenever possible. Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds") preferring this designation to that of a "musician", after having been called "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.

In addition to his body of music, Satie also left a remarkable set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications, from the dadaist magazine 391 to the American culture chronicle Vanity Fair. Although in later life he prided himself on always publishing his work under his own name, in the late nineteenth century he appears to have used pseudonyms such as Virginie Lebeau and François de Paule in some of his published writings.

Song Cycles, Symphonies, Collections etc.

Avant-dernières pensées

Chapitres tournés en tous sens

Ludions (Toys)

Quatre Petites Mélodies

Sonatine bureaucratique

Sports et divertissements

Trois Mélodies de 1886 (Three songs from 1886)

Trois Mélodies de 1916 (Three Songs of 1916)

Trois Poèmes d'Amour (Three poems of love)

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  • Élégie (Satie)(in Trois Mélodies de 1886) (Text: J. P. Contamine de Latour)
  • Élégie (Satie)(in Quatre Petites Mélodies) (Text: Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine)


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  • Idylle (Satie)(in Avant-dernières pensées) (Text: Alfred Erik Leslie Satie)


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