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"Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself." - Eric Satie is a tribute to Alfred Eric Leslie Satie was born on May 17th 1866 at Honfleur (Calvados), of a Norman father and a Scottish mother. He began his musical studies as an organist, first with Guilmant and then at the Paris Conservatory with Lavignac. Encouraged by his harmony professor he began studying pianoforte and composition, but in 1886, after eight fruitless years and intolerant of academic rules, he decided to leave the conservatory and enlisted in the 66th Infantry regiment at Arras. A year later he deliberately caught bronchitis and was declared unfit for military service. He promptly changed his name to Erik - in honour of his mother - and published Valse-Ballet, his first work.

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Returning to civilian life he became a regular at Le Chat Noir cabaret, an essential night-spot for humorists, painters, and symbolists of the era. In 1988 he composed three GymnopÈdies, inspired by a poetry reading by his friend J. P. Contamine de Latour. The hypnotic allure of these compositions had its roots from in dances performed by youths during an ancient ritual celebration. [Read more...]

Satie Remembered

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Strange Mr. Satie

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Satie: Gymnopadies Gnossiennes

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Youkali - Cabaret and Art Songs by Satie, Poulenc, and Weill

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Sketches of Satie

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Satie Remembered

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