Erik Satie – Parade, Relâche Ballets and Gymnopedies (Angel S-36486)

I could fill a book with what I don’t know about classical music. Unfortunately, it would be a very dull book called What I Don’t Know About Classical Music by Prince Asbo. I have, however, latterly become interested in the solo piano works of Erik Satie having seen one of them choreographed. Satie’s piano pieces can properly be described as haunting and, as with the Swingle Singers, once heard are easily recognised. Indeed, they are used regularly as background and you may very well have heard one without knowing. My impression is that Satie himself thought his works “mood music”, Muzak even. This was not pejorative, rather it was purpose-built as wallpaper noise.

This album (on Angel as was this Ravi Shankar) represents a different aspect of the Satie oeuvre, orchestral performance pieces for dance, theatre and film. All very avant-garde, as explained in the detailed liner notes. The music is “modern” with with sprinklings of dissonance and sound effects, but enough melody to satisfy the romantic.

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Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. […] (HMV Greensleeves) February 16, 2011 princeasbo Leave a comment Go to comments This again is not made up of the sentimentalismes for which Satie is so justly acclaimed as a cult figure […]

  2. […] of the most modern aspects of Erik Satie‘s art is the way the sound spontaneously created not unlike Gershwin’s later […]


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