Erik Satie

Biography

Born: May 17, 1866; France   Died: Jul 1, 1925; France   Period: 20th Century
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 Read more 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. After Satie's second period of study, he began turning more serious in his compositions, eventually producing his inspiring cantata, Socrate, considered by many his greatest work and clearly demonstrating a previously unexhibited agility. In his last decade he turned out several ballets, including Parade and Relâche, indicating his growing predilection for program and theater music. Satie was also a pianist of some ability.
As a child Erik Satie showed interest in music and began taking piano lessons from a local church organist, named Vinot. While he progressed during this period, he showed no unusual gifts. In 1879 he enrolled in the Paris Conservatory, where he studied under Descombe (piano) and Lavignac (solfeggio), but failed to meet minimum requirements and was expelled in 1882. Satie departed Paris on November 15, 1886, to join the infantry in Arras, but he found military life distasteful and intentionally courted illness to relieve himself of duty. That same year his first works were published: Elégie, Trois Mélodies, and Chanson.
The years following his military service formed a bohemian period in Satie's life, the most significant events of which would be the beginnings of his friendship with Debussy, his exposure to eastern music at the Paris World Exhibition, and his association with a number of philosophical and religious organizations (most notably the Rosicrucian Brotherhood).
In 1905 he decided to resume musical study, enrolling in the conservative and controversial Schola Cantorum, run by Vincent d'Indy. His music took on a more academic and rigorous quality, and also began to exhibit the dry wit that would become hallmarks of his style. Many of his compositions received odd titles, especially after 1910, such as Dried up embryos and Three real flabby preludes (for a dog). Some of his works also featured odd instructions for the performer, not intended to be taken seriously, as in his 1893 piano work, Vexations, which carries the admonition in the score, "To play this motif 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities."
In 1925 Satie developed pleurisy and his fragile health worsened. He was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, where he lived on for several months. He received the last rites of the Catholic Church in his final days, and died on July 1, 1925. Read less
Ogawa plays Erik Satie on an 1890 Erard Piano, Vol. 2
Release Date: 06/02/2017   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2225   Number of Discs: 1
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Satie: Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Ogawa
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2215   Number of Discs: 1
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Satie: Piano Works Vol 2 / Klára Körmendi
Release Date: 06/28/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550697   Number of Discs: 1
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Satie: Piano Works Vol 3 / Klara Körmendi
Release Date: 01/01/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550698   Number of Discs: 1
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Erik Satie - Encore! / Roland Pöntinen
Release Date: 08/07/2000   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 877   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Satie: Complete Piano Music / Veen
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95350 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Jeroen van Veen,  Sandra van Veen
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    Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music / Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002493102 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Pascal Rogé,  Jean-Philippe Collard
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    The Sound of Erik Satie
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 555263 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Michel Legrand,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Anne Queffélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Marius Constant,  Louis Auriacombe,  Pierre Dervaux,  Michel Plasson
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    Tout Satie!: Erik Satie Complete Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 553008 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Anne Queffélec,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Jean-Pierre Armengaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Marius Constant,  Michel Plasson,  Pierre Dervaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ars Nova (Sweden)
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    Le  Piano D'argent: Un Conte Musical De Claude Clement
    Label: Little Village   Catalog: 69081004 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Erik Satie,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Kristian Bezuidenhout,  Javier Perianes,  Frank Braley  ... 
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    Moderne
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908710 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Ravel,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Ronald Van Spaendonck,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrea Quinn
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    Satie: Piano Works / Klara Kormendi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8505237 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Klára Körmendi,  Gábor Eckhardt
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  • 8.
    Piano Music Grand-Mondain - Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, Satie
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300537 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Paul Dukas,  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Mariangela Vacatello,  Michelangelo Carbonara,  Marco Rapetti,  Riccardo Risaliti  ... 
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  • 9.
    Essential Satie
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78153 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Anne Queffélec,  Jean-Pierre Armengaud,  Catherine Collard  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  John Lanchbery,  Pierre Dervaux,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Erwartung
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    Satie: Piano Works / Aldo Ciccolini
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85208 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Gabriel Tacchino
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    Satie: Complete Piano Works / Christine Ariagno
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94087 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Cristina Ariagno
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    Dans Le Jardin De Ravel / Duo Carriere
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Liszt,  Maurice Ravel
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    Satie: Avant-Derničres Pensées - Solos & Duos / Alexandre Tharaud
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902017 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Juliette,  Eric Le Sage,  Jean Delescluse  ... 
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    Satie: Piano Works Vol 5 -  Music For The Dance  / Ciccolini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49760 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Gabriel Tacchino
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    Satie: Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes / Anne Queffélec
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 63296 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Anne Queffélec,  Catherine Collard
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    Satie: Orchestral Works & Transcriptions / Plasson, Toulouse
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 942361 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Armengaud
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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    Satie: Complete Solo Piano Works / Jean-yves Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000023002 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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    The Magic of Satie / Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470290 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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  • 19.
    L'Orchestre de Satie / Sado, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 85827 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
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    Satie: The 4 Handed Piano / Rogé, Collard, Juillet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455401 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Chantal Juillet,  Pascal Rogé,  Jean-Philippe Collard
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  • 21.
    Satie: Complete Works For Piano 4 Hands / Duo Campion-vachon
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23040 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Guy Campion,  Mario Vachon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campion-Vachon Duo
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  • 22.
    Satie: Piano Works Vol 4 / Klára Körmmendi, Gábor Eckhardt
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550699 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Gábor Eckhardt,  Klára Körmendi
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  • 23.
    L'esprit De France - The Music Of Satie
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5107 Release Date: 08/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Frank Glazer,  Elaine Bonazzi,  Richard Deas,  Millard Taylor
    Conductor:  Friedrich Cerha,  Louis de Froment
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Reihe Ensemble,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
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