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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Satie Remembered

Eric Satie has to be one of the most truly bizarre figures in musical history. Although he composed music, he referred to himself as a "phono metrograph", a recorder of sounds, sort of a human gramophone. Strange!

He lived a well-connected life, having close associations with Debussy, Ravel, and Saint-Saens, even though he remained rigidly outside the Establishment, his true home was the cabaret, playing and inventing "living" music.

Satie is best remembered and plundered for his short piano pieces, little sculptures in sound. Here's a page of delightful midi files, starting with the Ogives. Here.