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Gnossienne No. 1

By Erik Satie

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Soprano Recorder, Alto Recorder, Tenor Recorder, Sopranino Recorder, Bass Recorder - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Erik Satie (1866-1925). Arranged by Paul Burnell. Impressionistic. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by Paul Burnell (S0.314051).

Item Number: S0.314051

Composed by Erik Satie (1866-1925), arranged by Paul Burnell 2012 for recorder quintet.

The download comprises an arrangement with two separate sets of score and parts: 

Score and parts for Soprano Recorder doubling Sopranino Recorder, two Alto Recorders, Tenor Recorder and Bass Recorder.

Score and parts for Tenor Recorder doubling Alto, two Bass Recorders, Great Bass Recorder and Contrabass Recorder.

Duration 3:30

The original publication does not have a time signature or barlines. Dashed bar lines have been added to this arrangement, implying a 4/4 time signature. The key, phrase marks and italicised French text of the original have been maintained.

Très luisant - very radiant/shining

Questionnez - ask

Du bout de la pensée - deep in thought

Postulez en vous-même - make demands on yourself/wonder about yourself

Pas a Pas - step by step

Sur la langue - on the tip of the tongue

Programme note:

The first three Gnossiennes for piano were composed by the French composer Erik Satie around 1890 and published in 1893. The first Gnossienne was dedicated to the music critic and composer Alexis Roland-Manuel in the 1913 reprint.

"Gnossienne" was a word that did not exist before Satie used it as a title for a composition. The word appears to be derived from the Greek noun for knowledge - "gnosis". Satie was involved in gnostic sects and movements at the time that he began to compose the Gnossiennes.

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