Personalities | Erik Satie | Modern Era | Classical
(A-rek’ Sa-te’) 1866–1925
For a long time regarded as a mere joker because of his apparently absurd and flippant titles – ‘Genuine Limp Preludes (For a Dog)’, ‘Bureaucratic Sonatina’ – Satie is now regarded as a major figure in his own right, as well as an influence both on his contemporaries Debussy and Ravel and on many more recent composers. He is anti-Romantic in his rejection of portentousness, while his lucid simplicity was admired both by ‘Les Six’ and, half a century later, by the minimalists. Inspired by the ancient modes and by cabaret (he made his living playing a piano in a night club), his music is both simple and profound, humorous and nostalgic.
Piano Music, Pascal Rogé (Decca)
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