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Erik Satie (1866-1925) arranged by Milos Raickovich
Gymnopedie #3
(1888)
Erik Satie
Most of his earlier works were miniatures for piano which seemed very much to defy any of the
expected conventions of music. Yet, his ideas were to have a profound influence on many
musical developments over a broad time span. In his 40s, Satie made up for his earlier lack of
dedication by attending the Paris Conservatory. He earned a living playing the piano and
accordion in bars and cafes.
The picture we have of Satie is as someone who was independent, rebellious, even ruthless and
scathing. He observed life with a wit frequently thick with satire and parody, yet underlying this
he appeared to have a philosophical, deeply spiritual side. He remained the avant-garde father-
figure until his death in 1925.
Satie's music seems to mirror this multifaceted nature. It is outwardly simple and straightforward
in terms of harmony using short melodies with little development, even repetitive at times. He
used unusual scales such as the old form of modes, and others of uncertain origin suggesting folk
tunes from different parts of the world. It has attitude, a certain sadness, and often an
ambivalence making it hard to fathom. This ambivalence is enhanced by strange instructions
written with the music like "wonder about yourself" or "open your mind". Satie's music shows
life from different angles, and is a genuine and new means of expression. John Cage considered
Satie “indispensable”.
Gymnopedie #3
The
Trois Gymnopédies
are atmospheric piano miniatures written in 3/4 time. Collectively they
are precursors to ambient music, gentle yet somewhat eccentric pieces eschewing the classical
tradition. Their haunting melodies are accompanied by mildly acetic dissonances which dissolve
and dissipate in an aura of wistful melancholy.