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Gymnopedie 1 and Gnossienne 3 - 2 scores

By Erik Satie

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Gymnopedie 1 and Gnossienne 3 - 2 scores composed by Erik Satie (1866-1925). For Alto Recorder and guitar. Recorder with Guitar. 2 Scores. Published by Moeck Verlag (MM.MK00792).

Throughout his entire life Erik Satie (1866 - 1925) was known as an enfant terrible and outsider. Right from the beginning of his artistic career he did not succumb to the traditions of the 19th century. Due to his open-mindedness towards all kind of styles including "lightweight" popular music, he developed a style that pointed ahead to later trends such as for instance minimal music. His musical language was opposed to the rich and flowery style of the romantic period and while ignoring the laws of climax and anti-climax his compositions were based upon the principle of juxtaposing separate equal parts. The Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes for piano belong to Satie"s early works and are his most well known. The Gymnopedies refer to dance festivities of naked boys (gymnos = naked, paidos = boy) from ancient Sparta. Ritualistic dances from the town of Knossos on the other hand initiated the Gnossiennes. These are musically closely related to the Gymnopedies. The juxtaposition and repetition of small phrases creates a meditative character that is underpinned by the Greek-oriental modal harmonies and also by the omission of bar lines (Gnossienne no. 3). In consideration of Satie"s basic approach of using ancient models, an arrangement for string instrument and flute is not that far fetched as it may appear. This arrangement will hopefully make the distinctiveness of Satie"s music all the more apparent.

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