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Traditional and innovative renditions of Satie classics available at the Free Music Archive


Update 20130327: Added selections from Chad Crouch: Vol 4: Satie: Rearranged Furniture Music, an album of interpretations of Satie classics


by Erik Satie

He grows in wisdom...He is brilliant...He learns to do without
and is prepared to make great sacrifices...enormous sacrifices...
if I may say...His energy is tremendous...
In other words he is prepared for the struggle...and with honesty he shall fight it...

The performance of an Art demands complete self-denial...
...It was not meant as a joke what I just said...about sacrifices...
The Music makes heavy demands upon those who want to
devote themselves in it...This is what I have wanted you to call your attention to...

A true musician must subordinate himself his Art; ...he must place himself above human suffering; ...he must draw courage from within...and only from within.



Excerpted from The Satie Archives:

... Satie lived as a true artist, for his music and his ideals. He had no respect for money and lived a poor life for many years. He was never afraid of expressing his true opinion. If he found someone to be a jerk he made this perfectly clear (and took the consequences).

Even though Satie was a fascinating person in many ways, it is his music that is the major reason for his popularity. He was very creative and had a great influence on his colleagues Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Francis Poulenc. Because his music was ahead of his time and regarded as timeless, he also has great influence on many modern composers.

Satie was a forerunner to minimalism. He experimented with what he called furniture music, meant to be in the background rather than listened to. He composed music to be listened at different angles, similar pieces divided into several parts. Many of his compositions have influences from medieval music and from French composers.

His most famous works are the serene Gymnopédies (three similar piano pieces), the mystical Vexations (short piano piece repeated 840 times), the popular piano suite Trois Morceaux en forme de Poire (duet), the ballet Parade (with some very odd instruments) and the ballet Relâche (with film sequences included).

His music was rather unknown and underrated until the 1960s. His popularity has grown ever since....


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cpeake1 on 11/13/14 at 11:55PM
Hello, I would like permission to use the following link for a student video. The license agreement, however, is No-Derivatives. Is there anyway that I can use an excerpt for a student video?

Here is the song:

Thank you,
Cecilia Peake
katya-oddio on 11/14/14 at 05:34PM
Try asking the artist himself at his website:

In the future, when you want to get in touch with an artist, check out an artists's FMA profile by clicking their name. Websites and sometimes contact info can be found there.

Best of luck with your video, Cecilia!
katya-oddio on 03/16/15 at 07:03PM
Added to the FMA today is one of my favorite reinterpretations of Satie's Gnossiennes — a droning, minimal, ambient reworking by Trans Alp (Sebastian Drichelt) of Dresden. Enjoy!

Trans Alp: Après Quatre Pièces d'Erik Satie
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