Erik Satie

Erik Satie

Real Name:
Alfred Éric Leslie Satie
Profile:
French composer and pianist (Honfleur, 17 May 1866 – Paris, 1 July 1925). Starting with his first composition in 1884, he signed his name as Erik Satie.
A colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-gard, he referred to himself as a "phonometrograph" or "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures (and writes down) sounds"), preferring this designation to that of "musician," after having been called "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.
Later, from the 1940s on, predominantly John Cage presented Satie's work as that of an inventor of a new and modern musical expression, and so he was slowly rediscovered and became a precursor to artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, ambient (called "Furniture Music" by Satie) and the Theatre of the Absurd.
In addition to his body of music, Satie also left a remarkable set of often humorous and witty writings.
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Erik Satie Discography

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ML 4246 Saint-Saens*, Satie*, Artur Rodzinski, Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York* Saint-Saens*, Satie*, Artur Rodzinski, Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York* - Concerto No.4 In C Minor / Trois Morceaux En Forme De Poire Columbia Masterworks ML 4246 US 1949 Sell This Version
ML 4399 Francis Poulenc, Satie* Francis Poulenc, Satie* - Poulenc Playing His Own Works: Mouvements Perpetuels ‧ Nocturne In D Major ‧ Suite Francaise ‧ Piano Music Of Satie(LP, Mono) Columbia Masterworks ML 4399 US 1950 Sell This Version
CPTS-5510 René Leibowitz, Erik Satie René Leibowitz, Erik Satie - Socrate(LP, Album) Counterpoint / Esoteric Records CPTS-5510 1952 Sell This Version
138 649 SLPM Paul Dukas, Erik Satie - Orchestre National De L'Opéra De Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux Paul Dukas, Erik Satie - Orchestre National De L'Opéra De Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux - La Peri / L'Apprenti Sorcier / Parade Deutsche Grammophon 138 649 SLPM Germany 1962 Sell This Version
85021 Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Nathan Rubin Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Nathan Rubin - Ravel Sonata, Satie Things Seen From Left & Right, Poulenc Sonata For Lorca(LP, Album) Fantasy 85021 US 1966 Sell This Version
CVB 2034 Erik Satie - Societe Des Concerts Du Conservatoire*, Louis Auriacombe Erik Satie - Societe Des Concerts Du Conservatoire*, Louis Auriacombe - Parade, Gymnopédies Nos 1 Et 3, Relâche (Album) La Voix De Son Maître CVB 2034 France 1967 Sell This Version
SAL 3637 The London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati, Darius Milhaud, Jean Françaix, Georges Auric, Eric Satie* The London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati, Darius Milhaud, Jean Françaix, Georges Auric, Eric Satie* - Paris 1917-1938: Sophisticated Orchestral Music By French Composers (Album) Mercury Living Presence SAL 3637 UK 1967 Sell This Version
ASD 2389 Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini - Piano Music (Comp, Album) His Master's Voice ASD 2389 UK 1967 Sell This Version
MM-1033 Erik Satie Parade - Sports Et Divertissements(10") Fratelli Fabbri Editori MM-1033 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
MVS 2 Erik Satie / André Bernot Erik Satie / André Bernot - Gymnopédies(LP, Album) Minerva (2) MVS 2 UK 1967 Sell This Version
19.011 Erik Satie, Orchestre National De France, Manuel Rosenthal Erik Satie, Orchestre National De France, Manuel Rosenthal - Monsieur Erik Satie Disques Adès 19.011 France 1968 Sell This Version
S-36482 Aldo Ciccolini / Erik Satie Aldo Ciccolini / Erik Satie - Piano Music Of Erik Satie, Vol. 1 (Album) Angel Records S-36482 US 1968 Sell This Version
VCS-10037/38 Erik SatieMaurice Abravanel* Conducting Utah Symphony Orchestra, The* Erik SatieMaurice Abravanel* Conducting Utah Symphony Orchestra, The* - Homage To Erik Satie Vanguard Cardinal Series VCS-10037/38 US 1968 Sell This Version
STGBY 634 Satie*Frank Glazer Satie*Frank Glazer - Piano Music Vol. 2 Vox Productions STGBY 634 UK 1968 Sell This Version
SVBX 5422 Frank Glazer, Erik Satie Frank Glazer, Erik Satie - Piano Music Of Erik Satie Vox Productions, VoxBox SVBX 5422 US 1968 Sell This Version
PHS900-179 Erik Satie - Evelyne Crochet Erik Satie - Evelyne Crochet - Erik Satie Favourites Philips PHS900-179 US 1968 Sell This Version
S 36459 Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini - Pièces Pour Piano (Volume 2) Angel Records S 36459 US 1968 Sell This Version
3234 Eric Satie* - French National Radio And Television Orchestra*, Manuel Rosenthal Eric Satie* - French National Radio And Television Orchestra*, Manuel Rosenthal - Parade Disques Adès 3234 US 1968 Sell This Version
CVC 1104 Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini - Erik Satie (3)(LP) La Voix De Son Maître CVC 1104 France 1968 Sell This Version
BAM 5093 Erik Satie, Jean-Joël Barbier Erik Satie, Jean-Joël Barbier - L'Œuvre Pour Piano Volume 1 (Album) BAM BAM 5093 France 1969 Sell This Version
CE 31024 Satie* / Debussy* Satie* / Debussy* - Socrate / Chansons De Bilitis(LP) Candide CE 31024 US 1969 Sell This Version
STGBY 635 Erik SatieFrank Glazer Erik SatieFrank Glazer - Piano Music Vol. 3 Vox Productions STGBY 635 UK 1970 Sell This Version
DES 18036 The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group, Erik Satie The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group, Erik Satie - The Music Of Erik Satie: The Velvet Gentleman (Album) Deram DES 18036 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
30 RC 717 Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Jacques Fevrier* Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Jacques Fevrier* - Musique Pour Piano à Quatre Mains (Album) Musidisc 30 RC 717 France 1970 Sell This Version
30 RC 676 Erik Satie, Orchestre Symphonique De Radio-Télé Luxembourg* Direction Roland Douatte Erik Satie, Orchestre Symphonique De Radio-Télé Luxembourg* Direction Roland Douatte - Parade / Geneviève De Brabant / Relâche Musidisc 30 RC 676 France 1970 Sell This Version

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nondor

nondor

March 15, 2015
edited 10 months ago
Inherently synaesthesiological writing and playing, almost proto-psychedelic with an absinthey hue, emerging alluringly from a lilac cloud of opium...one can almost smell and taste the lilting pastels of his keys, almost feel the tender velocity of their depressions, so essentially impressionistic, like his fingers are touching your mind as the shimmering rainy morning cast of watercolor bleeds under gracious droplets that swell and meander. Probably one of the best writers and players of the pianoforte despite barely qualifying as a virtuoso...the music is so FELT it almost supercedes the pyrotechnics of a superior technician like Rachmanninoff out of sheer sensitivity; with Satie one is always aware that every fiber of his being inhabits the ivory under his touch and with eyes closed we are contacted by every strike of his dulcet hammer.
Satie is arguably one of the most universally undislikeable composers there ever was and reminds us that sometimes the best writers of music are not necessarily native talents to the medium, as if he was drawing a picture with every piece.
iljin1

iljin1

July 12, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
His Gnossiennes, Ogives, Sarabandes and Gymnopedies are beautiful.

"Erik Satie (1866-1225) is one of the most important figures in the Twentieth century music. His influence extends from the French impressionists Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Milhaud, through John Cage and modern minimalism. The timeless quality of his music is marked by its extreme simplicity.

Satie was a loner who earned his living as a pianist in the cafes of Montmartre, an eccentric who always dressed in a gray velvet suite and a bowler hat. By the turn of the century, he became known among the Parisian artist community for his odd and witty piano pieces. Satie was a distinctly French precursor of Dada and surrealism.

His collaboration with Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso resulted in a series of ballets that amused some critics and angered others. One piece, parade, was borrowed from the populair music hall and incorporated the sound of a typewriter, a revolver, sirens and a xylophone made of bottles. His final ballet, Relache, was a surrealist creation. Patrons were invited to an opening night in wich the theatre closed.

After years of too much drinking on the cafe circuit, Satie's health began to fail just as his fame began to rise. He died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 59."

Taken from a Satie cd inlet.

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