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Sonatine bureaucratique

Piano Solo

By Erik Satie

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Piano solo - Henle Level 3-4
Piano Solo. Composed by Erik Satie (1866-1925). Edited by Ulrich Kraemer. Arranged by Pascal Roge. Sheet music. Henle Music Folios. Classical. Softcover. G. Henle #HN1075. Published by G. Henle (HL.51481075).

Item Number: HL.51481075

9x12 inches.

Although Satie took the classical form as a model for his 'Sonatine', it is quintessentially an ironic work. The composer, who later in life liked to be seen walking through the streets wearing a stiff collar and bowler hat, included lines of text between the staves that describe the day of a typical Parisian bureaucrat. The bureaucrat sits in a chair with green silk sleeve guards and dreams of being promoted. 'Next door a piano is playing Clementi' and at this point parodied echoes of Clementi's popular Sonatine op. 36/1 can actually be heard. Ulrich Kramer provides knowledgeable background information in the preface to our edition that will enable a better understanding of Satie's work.

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