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In this issue’s column we return to the work of the hugely influential French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925). Despite being largely ignored, or dismissed by the musical establishment as a musically impotent eccentric, Satie’s minimal and hypnotic work has gone on to influence a wide range of composers, and left an indelible print on the development of Western art and popular music. His seductive and mesmeric compositional voice echos through the diverse genres of impressionism, jazz, minimalism, process music, ambient music and even electronica.
In this issue I’ve arranged his Gymnopédie No.2, from his set of three short piano works, known as the Gymnopédies. Characterised by an disarming melodic simplicity, exotic harmony and minimal lilting
You’ll want to develop technical fluency, so the melody is given lyricism, and the bass and chord are delivered with relaxed accuracy.
Erik Satie: his genius is better appreciated today