The Gnossiennes (French pronunciation: ) are several piano compositions written by the French composer Erik Satie in the late 19th century. The works are for the most part in free time (lacking time signatures or bar divisions) and highly experimental with form, rhythm and chordal structure. The form as well as the term was invented by Satie.
Satie was a composer who feared no man, but always did what was right in his own eyes. He was an exponent of several important trends in the 20th Century composition including bitonality, polytonality, Jazz and non-triadic harmony. Erik Satie was one of music's great originals, both personally (an eccentric) and artistically.
Vexations is a musical work by Erik Satie.Apparently conceived for keyboard (although the single page of manuscript does not specify an instrument), it consists of a short theme in the bass whose four presentations are heard alternatingly unaccompanied and played with chords above. The theme and its accompanying chords are written using strikingly eccentric and impractical enharmonic notation.
Just about enough for all but the Satie fanatic,here.I've had others playing these works,at far higher cost,and find these to be at least their equal,Queffelec seems to me an admirable interpreter,and the recording quality is as good as anyone could hope for.Quirky,unpredictable,oddly moving,Satie isn't Beethoven,Liszt,Chopin,or Schubert,but these miniature gems can,in the right hands,shine.
It is still a moot point whether Satie got his harmonic ideas from his fellow student and friend Claude Debussy, or whether the debt was on Debussy's side. It is quite clear, however, that Satie's tasteful principles influenced Debussy in the composition of his opera Pelleas et Melisande and that Satie was the main influence in helping Debussy to free himself from the musical domination of.
Satie understood this, and his genius in his most famous pieces was to make music that appealed to both the intellect and the emotions, not slighting one in favor of other. The animated scores above for “Gymnopedie No. 1” and “Gnossienne No. 1” make this point vividly, with colors and shapes illustrating the duration and pitch of each note played by pianist Stephen Malinowski.
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Erik Alfred Leslie Satie died on July 1, 1925. Rollo H. Myers' Erik Satie, which is readily available, inexpensive, and enjoyable, provides more extensive biographical and other information, and is a fine introduction to Satie and his music. As stated, Satie had, and still has, many loyal enemies, including more-than-distinguished people who should.