Traditional and innovative renditions of Satie classics available at the Free Music Archive
THE TRUE MUSICIAN
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....
Some of the albums that caught our attention this month at the FMA.
Contemporary Composers and
to enhance exhibitions of
Contemporary Visual Artists and
Anthony Braxton; Ben Johnston; Bosques De Mi Mente; Christian Wolff; Jared C Balogh; Jonathan Harvey; Larry Polansky; Lee Hyla; Lee Maddeford; Lloyd Rodgers; Mary Ann Roberts; Melvyn Poore; Muhal Richard Abrams; Nick Didkovsky; Sandro Marinoni; Sirius String Quartet; Stephano Roncarlo
license: multiple licenses, please refer to individual tracks for licensing information
A playlist of FMA artists with recordings being offered AT RECORD STORES ONLY to celebrate Record Store Day
Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday of April each year to support and celebrate record stores and recording artists.
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem for Gaslight Anthem
Chelsea Wolfe alone for Chelsea Wolfe & King Dude
Jazon Isbell and the 400 Unit for Elizabeth Cook & Jason Isbell
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for Pussy Galore
Jozef van Wissem alone for Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
Steve Gunn for Golden Gunn (Steve Gunn + Hiss Golden Messenger)
Thurston Moore alone and Loren Connors with Bill Orcutt for Thurston Moore &Loren Connors
"Imagine what you could do, if you just believed in you" -- Dawn Pemberton
The compilation jumps nations and continents and visits the genres of hip hop, soul, rhythm and blues, funk, ambient, chill, reggae, dub, rock, folk, singer-songwriter, Rockabilly, blues, electronica, pop, novelty, children, dance.
Message Positive features Axial, BJ Block and Dawn Pemberton, The Crevulators, Eaters, Great Lake Swimmers, Higgins, Ill Papa Giraffe, Jon Rauhouse and Neko Case, Kelley Stoltz, Neko Case, Nobody's Bizness, Propaganda Anonymous, Salakapakka Sound System, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Spinnaface, Spinningmerkaba, Uncle Neptune, and Underling.
Every moment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, baby.