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
Satie: Piano Music / Yitkin Seow
Release Date: 12/14/2004   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55175   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Gymnopédie no 3

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  • 26.
    Zen Piano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28435 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  David Levine,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Libor Pesek,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grieg Trio,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 27.
    Reverie
    Label: Hbr   Catalog: 5637618609 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Tournier,  Claude Debussy,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Carlos Salzedo  ... 
    Performer:  Mindy Cutcher
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  • 28.
    The Ultimate Romantic Guitar
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28551 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Erik Satie,  Gustavo Montesano,  Johann Jacob Froberger  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Gustavo Montesano,  Andrés Segovia,  Manuel Barrueco  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Gomez,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Simon Rattle,  Ronald Ravenscroft
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  • 29.
    Crystal Dream - Piano Music By Satie & Yoshimatsu / Pascal Roge
    Label: Triton (Octavia)   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Takashi Yoshimatsu
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé
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  • 30.
    Melodies / Yi Chen, Lars Hannibal
    Label: Our Recordings   Catalog: 6220602 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Fritz Kreisler,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Chen Yi,  Lars Hannibal
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  • 31.
    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of France
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47278 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Offenbach,  Claude-Joseph de Lisle,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Harold Gomberg
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Leopold Stokowski,  Leonard Bernstein,  Sir Andrew Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 32.
    Les Musiques De Picasso / Rafael Orozco, Alfred Cortot, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5162 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Morente,  Erik Satie,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Orozco,  Enrique Morente,  Antionia Carbonell,  Montoyita  ... 
    Conductor:  Edmon Colomer,  Stefan Sanderling,  Charles Munch,  Jérôme Kaltenbach  ... 
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  • 33.
    Joy / Michael Conn, Leslie Williams, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425201 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Brian Gulland,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Conn
    Conductor:  Leslie Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 34.
    Saint-Saens: Sonata for Oboe and Piano; Faure / Mayer, Wisniewska
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7067 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Pierné,  Paul Pierne  ... 
    Performer:  Albrecht Mayer,  Karina Wisniewska
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  • 35.
    Air / Michala Petri, Lars Hannibal
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68769 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert (Dresden),  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Lars Hannibal,  Michala Petri
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  • 36.
    Zen Classics - Mozart, Debussy, Etc / L. Maazel, P. Jarvi, N. Dessay, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 34865 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Barbara Hendricks,  Augustin Dumay,  Steven Isserlis  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Andrew Parrott,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  Taverner Players,  French National Radio Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Piano Dreams
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 516240 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Déodat de Sévérac,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Doyen,  Michel Legrand,  Monique Haas,  Alexandre Rabinovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Maxim Shostakovich,  James Conlon,  János Rolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Clair De Lune - French Piano Music / Kun Woo Paik
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 22114 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Kun-Woo Paik
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  • 39.
    After Work Hour - Classical Music Selection 1
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182712 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Gerhard Erber,  Jutta Zoff,  Joachim Ulbricht  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Günther Herbig,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Satie: Piano Works / Frederic Fulgance, Gerhard Erber
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 32702 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Gerhard Erber,  Frederic Fulgance
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  • 41.
    Margaret Leng Tan - Sorceress Of The New Piano
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 194 Release Date: 04/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toby Twining,  Tan Dun,  Somei Satoh,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Leng Tan,  Joan La Barbara
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  • 42.
    Moods - Unfold Your Mind - Bach, Satie, Etc / Koch, Erber
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1279 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Gerhard Erber,  Jutta Zoff,  Joachim Ulbricht  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Günther Herbig,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Lotos Lounge - Music Of Debussy, Ravel, Satie / Rosel, Ousset, Erber
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1264 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Cécile Ousset,  Gerhard Erber
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  • 44.
    Satie: 3 Gymnopedies, Veritables Preludes Flasques, Etc.
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220504 Release Date: 04/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Jan Kaspersen
    Performer:  Jan Kaspersen
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  • 45.
    The Very Best Of Satie
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552137 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Klára Körmendi,  Gábor Eckhardt
    Conductor:  Jérôme Kaltenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Bedtime Beats - The Secret To Sleep
    Label: Rhino Records   Catalog: 77617 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Jean-François Heisser  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Yutaka Sado,  Armin Jordan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Relaxing Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000666502 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Carlos Bonell,  Jorge Bolet,  Andrés Segovia,  Julian Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Enrique Jorda,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Symphony of the Air  ... 
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  • 48.
    Lizard Music & Other Arias
    Label: Gagliano   Catalog: 606 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Bryan Johanson,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Bryan Johanson,  Hamilton Cheifetz
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  • 49.
    The Most Relaxing Guitar Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 46809 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Sir William Walton,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Sharon Isbin,  Manuel Barrueco,  Pierre Laniau  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Jeremy Lubbock,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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    The Most Relaxing Harp Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 33588 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Alphonse Hasselmans  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Allen,  Mariko Anraku,  Markus Klinko,  Julia Thornton  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Erno Olah,  Louis Auriacombe,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  Netherlands National Radio Orchestra,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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