Erik Satie

Real Name:
Alfred Éric Leslie Satie
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Born: 1866-05-17 (Honfleur, France)
Died: July 01, 1925 (Arcueil, France)

Erik Satie, was a French composer and pianist.
A colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde, 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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ML 4246 Erik Satie - Concerto No.4 In C Minor / Trois Morceaux En Forme De Poire album art 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 2112 Erik Satie - Parade (Realistic Ballet) / Suite From "Les Matelots" Ballet ("The Sailors") album art Satie*, Auric*, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Efrem Kurtz Satie*, Auric*, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Efrem Kurtz - Parade (Realistic Ballet) / Suite From "Les Matelots" Ballet ("The Sailors")(10", Album, Mono) Columbia Masterworks ML 2112 US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 4399 Erik Satie - Poulenc Playing His Own Works: Mouvements Perpetuels ‧ Nocturne In D Major ‧ Suite Francaise ‧ Piano Music Of Satie album art Francis Poulenc, Satie* Francis Poulenc, Satie* - Poulenc Playing His Own Works: Mouvements Perpetuels ‧ Nocturne In D Major ‧ Suite Francaise ‧ Piano Music Of Satie (Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 4399 US 1951 Sell This Version
ES-510, E2-KP-5242 Erik Satie - Socrate - Symphonic Drama album art Erik Satie, The Paris Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By René Leibowitz Erik Satie, The Paris Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By René Leibowitz - Socrate - Symphonic Drama (Album) Counterpoint / Esoteric Records, Counterpoint / Esoteric Records ES-510, E2-KP-5242 US 1952 Sell This Version
33CX 1197-9 Erik Satie - Homage To Diaghilev album art Erik Satie, Weber / Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Frédéric Chopin, Scarlatti-Tommasini, Manuel De Falla, Sergei Prokofiev, Anatoly Liadov, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel Erik Satie, Weber / Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Frédéric Chopin, Scarlatti-Tommasini, Manuel De Falla, Sergei Prokofiev, Anatoly Liadov, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel - Homage To Diaghilev (Album) Columbia 33CX 1197-9 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LD-A-4003 Erik Satie - Trois Mélodies / Trois Morceaux / Trois Gnossiennes / Trois Chansons album art Erik SatieHelene Boschi / Christiane Castelli / Colinette / Jane Bathori / Serge Nigg Erik SatieHelene Boschi / Christiane Castelli / Colinette / Jane Bathori / Serge Nigg - Trois Mélodies / Trois Morceaux / Trois Gnossiennes / Trois Chansons(10", Mono) Le Chant Du Monde LD-A-4003 France 1954 Sell This Version
LD 023 Erik Satie - Pièces Pour Le Piano album art Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc - Pièces Pour Le Piano (Album) BAM LD 023 France 1955 Sell This Version
FCX 561, 33 FCX 561 Erik Satie - Erik Satie - Aldo Ciccolini album art Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini - Erik Satie - Aldo Ciccolini (Album) Columbia, Columbia FCX 561, 33 FCX 561 France 1956 Sell This Version
M.C. 20.013 Erik Satie - Variations On A Recitative / Mass For The Poor album art Erik Satie, Arnold Schoenberg Erik Satie, Arnold Schoenberg - Variations On A Recitative / Mass For The Poor (Album) Counterpoint, Counterpoint M.C. 20.013 France 1953 Sell This Version
138 649 SLPM Erik Satie - La Peri / L'Apprenti Sorcier / Parade album art 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 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 138 649 SLPM Germany 1962 Sell This Version
LD 093 Erik Satie - Erik Satie album art Erik Satie, Jean-Joël Barbier Erik Satie, Jean-Joël Barbier - Erik Satie (Album) BAM LD 093 France 1964 Sell This Version
SR90435, SR 90435 Erik Satie - Paris 1917-1938: Sophisticated Orchestral Music By French Composers album art 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, Mercury Living Presence, Mercury, Mercury SR90435, SR 90435 US 1966 Sell This Version
85021 Erik Satie - Ravel Sonata, Satie Things Seen From Left & Right, Poulenc Sonata For Lorca album art Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Nathan Rubin, Naomi Sparrow Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Nathan Rubin, Naomi Sparrow - Ravel Sonata, Satie Things Seen From Left & Right, Poulenc Sonata For Lorca(LP, Album) Fantasy 85021 US 1966 Sell This Version
CVL 998 Erik Satie - Pieces Pour Piano (Volume 1) album art Erik Satie / Aldo Ciccolini Erik Satie / Aldo Ciccolini - Pieces Pour Piano (Volume 1) (Album) La Voix De Son Maître CVL 998 France 1967 Sell This Version
MVS 2 Erik Satie - Œuvres Pour Piano Volume 1 album art Erik Satie / André Bernot Erik Satie / André Bernot - Œuvres Pour Piano Volume 1 (Album) Disques Du Club De L'Échiquier MVS 2 UK 1967 Sell This Version
CVB 2034 Erik Satie - Parade / Gymnopédies Nos 1 Et 3 / Relâche album art 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
MM-1033 Erik Satie - Parade - Sports Et Divertissements album art Erik Satie Parade - Sports Et Divertissements(10") Fratelli Fabbri Editori MM-1033 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
S-36486 Erik Satie - Parade & Relâche Ballets/Gymnopédies album art Erik Satie - Societe Des Concerts Du Conservatoire*, Louis Auriacombe Erik Satie - Societe Des Concerts Du Conservatoire*, Louis Auriacombe - Parade & Relâche Ballets/Gymnopédies(LP, Album) Angel Records S-36486 US 1967 Sell This Version
VCS-10037/38 Erik Satie - Homage To Erik Satie album art Erik SatieMaurice Abravanel* Conducting The Utah Symphony Orchestra* Erik SatieMaurice Abravanel* Conducting The Utah Symphony Orchestra* - Homage To Erik Satie (Album) Vanguard VCS-10037/38 US 1968 Sell This Version
19.011 Erik Satie - Monsieur Erik Satie album art 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
SVBX 5422 Erik Satie - Piano Music Of Erik Satie album art Erik Satie, Frank Glazer Erik Satie, Frank Glazer - Piano Music Of Erik Satie (Album) VoxBox SVBX 5422 US 1968 Sell This Version
CE 31018 Erik Satie - Erik Satie album art Erik Satie Erik Satie (Album) Candide CE 31018 US 1968 Sell This Version
3234 Erik Satie - Parade album art Eric Satie* - French National Radio And Television Orchestra*, Manuel Rosenthal Eric Satie* - French National Radio And Television Orchestra*, Manuel Rosenthal - Parade (Album) Disques Adès, Disques Adès 3234 US 1968 Sell This Version
CVC 1104 Erik Satie - Erik Satie (Vol. 3) album art Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini Erik Satie, Aldo Ciccolini - Erik Satie (Vol. 3) (Album) La Voix De Son Maître CVC 1104 France 1968 Sell This Version
STGBY 634 Erik Satie - Piano Music Volume 2 album art Erik Satie, Frank Glazer Erik Satie, Frank Glazer - Piano Music Volume 2 VOX (6) STGBY 634 UK 1968 Sell This Version

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DKommatas

DKommatas

November 26, 2017
I will buy Satie's Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes Lp. Has someone there?
poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

March 15, 2015
edited over 6 years 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 8 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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