Erik Satie

Erik Satie
(unattributed photograph)


The importance of Satie lies in the fact that he, without knowing it, even without others knowing it, was really the founder of the French impressionistic school. He liberated French music from the tyranny of the major-minor. This is realized by the impressionists themselves to-day, thirty years too late perhaps, but they are endeavouring to make amends. Erik Satie began the attack, unwittingly, which led to the present victory.

The new art was born of irresolution, a circumstance, as Ecorcheville says, which finds an analogy at the close of the Sixteenth Century. . . . The artist finds pleasure in fugitive dissonances, which the academicians describe as licentious, but a new movement results. . . . Ecorcheville, with a bit of a smile, compares Satie to Monteverde. . . . His effect on his successors, possibly, has been just as important. And while the pedants may refuse to take him seriously and the great public does not even know his name, future historians must reserve a few pages for this esoteric figure.

(Van Vechten, 1917, full text here)


‘Passing Through’ (1977)
Animation by Pat Gavin

Eight pieces by Erik Satie

[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/ech0igfk9rrmizvo8urp.mp3]
1. ‘Je Te Veux’ – Pascal Roge
[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/ec8t2uth1uxihfp24mj6.mp3]
2. ‘Furniture Music, Part 1: Curtain of a Voting Booth’ –  Marius Constant, Michel Dalberto, Pierre Thibaud, Bernard Jeannoutot
[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/j2z72r6t1brj0nldroj2.mp3]
3. ‘Furniture Music, Part 2: Tapestry of Wrought Iron’ – Marius Constant, Michel Dalberto, Pierre Thibaud, Bernard Jeannoutot
[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/tzundotuoa04pk8f7diq.mp3]
4. ‘Furniture Music, Part 3: Phonic Tiles’ – Marius Constant, Michel Dalberto, Pierre Thibaud, Bernard Jeannoutot
[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/bqq7x11l2yyf1d9kiyk9.mp3]
5. ‘Gnossienne, 1. Lent’ – Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont
[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/o35cpfmt79a3s8keu9ie.mp3]
6. ‘Pieces froides- Airs  faire fuir – I’ – Reinbert De Leeuw
[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/j5lt66ppvf1d2uyd2ifr.mp3]
7. ’ Gnossienne, 3. Lent’ – Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont
[audio https://www.box.com/shared/static/f4vfhab9ee582bnzg8ht.mp3]
8. ‘Vexations (excerpt)’ – Michel Dalberto

‘Entr’acte’ (1924)
Director – René Clair
Writers – Francis Picabia (screenplay), René Clair (adaptation)
Stars – Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss and Francis Picabia
Soundtrack – Erik Satie

Further references
Flabby Preludes for a Dog: An Erik Satie Primer by Kenneth Goldsmith  (WFMU’s LCD, 1997) – here
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