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Seven Gnossiennes

Pour Piano - Collection Archives Eric Satie

By Erik Satie

Piano, Piano/Keyboard - SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)
Pour Piano - Collection Archives Eric Satie. Composed by Erik Satie (1866-1925). Piano. Classical. Softcover. Composed 2006. 16 pages. Editions Salabert #SLB 00574900. Published by Editions Salabert (HL.50486496).

Item Number: HL.50486496

ISBN 1476899975. 9x12 inches.

Just as the Trois Morceaux en forme de poire in fact comprise seven pieces, so Erik Satie's Trois Gnossiennes come from a group of seven compositions. Inspired by a visit to the pavilion of exotic music at the 1889 Universal Exhibition,the 'gnossian mode' charmed the composer to such an extent that he returned to it seven times in eight years, despite the fact that his music was otherwise characterized by perpetual renewal.
Following the six Gnossiennes already released, the 7th Gnosienne is published in this album for the first time.Seven timeless and enigmatic pieces for Piano solo by forward thinking and avant garde French composer, Erik Satie. There is a definite distant, Romantic quality running through these Six Gnossiennes, with the score interspersed with unusual and often surreal instructions for the performer. They are among the best known of all of the composer's works despite his intention that it should be wallpaper music - not to be heard, but overheard by an audience.

Ebenso wie die Trois Morceaux en forme de poire ursprunglich aus einer siebenteiligen Komposition stammen, sind auch die Trois Gnossiennes eigentlich sieben. Erik Satie war nach einem Besuch des Pavillons der exotischen Musik bei derWeltausstellung 1889 so fasziniert, dass er die gnossische Art' erfand und im Laufe von acht Jahren sieben Stucke dieser Art komponierte, was so gar nicht seiner Gewohnheit entsprach, sich immer Neuem zuzuwenden.
Dieser Band enthalt die Erstveroffentlichung der 7. Gnossienne sowie die sechs bereits erschienenen Gnossiennes.

De meme que les Trois Morceaux en forme de poire sont constitues en fait de sept pieces, les Trois Gnossiennes d'Erik Satie sont issues d'un ensemble de sept compositions. Inspires d'une visite au pavillon de musiques exotiques al'Exposition Universelle de 1889, le mode gnossien a tellement seduit le compositeur - pourtant coutumier du renouvellement perpetuel dans chacuned de ses oeuvres - qul'il y est revenu par sept fois en l'espace de huit ans.
S'ajoutant aus six Gnossiennes deja parues jusquici, la 7e Gnossienne est publiee dans ce recueil pour la premiere fois.

About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)

4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.

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  • 4

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  • August 24, 2016 Great Collection, But Many Errors

    This is a great introduction to the mysterious sounds of Satie and provides the often neglected Seventh Gnossienne. The text and notation is clear and the preface offers a solid insight into the composer's style and life at the time of the writings. Even with many of the pieces...

    lacking barlines, as they were written, the music is clearly communicated for the most part. There are quite a few notation errors however. For instance, in Gnossienne 5, there is an 8va for a part that should be played as written (loco) in measure 14. Also, in measure 18, the passage moving up to the 7-tuplet is written as F#, D and F#, when it should be F#, B and D as it has been throughout the rest of the piece. Gnossienne 7 is filled with the wrong dynamics (everything is one dynamic higher than it should be), in measure 59 the RH notes are written an octave higher than they should be, and in measure 82, there is a tie on the second C to the ending, it should not be there.

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  • 5

    Rita Duvall
    Bear Lake, MI
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • June 28, 2008 magical

    I am an 'adult beginner' of 3 years and I have found the first three Gnossiennes a pleasure to work on. I find the mood of them mesmerizing and a wonderful departure from all the other classical pieces in my books. I am so glad to have all seven under...

    one cover, to push me as improvement continues. I am now a HUGE Satie fan!

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  • 5

    Greg Manning
    Indianapolis, IN
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  • May 15, 2008 Wonderful!

    These are great pieces that reveal just how innovative Satie was. They're all very effective and not too difficult to play.

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