Friday, November 25, 2011
Music Library No. 6 - Erik Satie "Gymnopédies" - Teenage Favorite
The 3 Gymnopedies by Satie were some of the first classical music pieces that my teenage son actually put on his iPod and listened to while doing homework. Many years later they continue to be a favorite that he goes back to. I still remember the pink cover of the LP of Satie works that I purchased with my own money in my early twenties. There are 3 of them (each 99-cents). After you listen to samples you may want to spring for all three of them.
"Erik Satie was an important French composer from the generation of Debussy. Best remembered for several groups of piano pieces, including Trois Gymnopédies (1888), Trois Sarabandes (1887) and Trois Gnossiennes (1890), he was championed by Jean Cocteau and helped create the famous group of French composers, Les Six, which was fashioned after his artistic ideal of simplicity in the extreme. Some have viewed certain of his stylistic traits as components of Impressionism, but his harmonies and melodies have relatively little in common with the characteristics of that school. Much of his music has a subdued character, and its charm comes through in its directness and its lack of allegiance to any one aesthetic. Often his melodies are melancholy and hesitant, his moods exotic or humorous, and his compositions as a whole, or their several constituent episodes, short. He was a musical maverick who probably influenced Debussy and did influence Ravel, who freely acknowledged as much." Source
Ciccolini is a well-known pianist who is known for his Satie interpretations.