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Gymnopédie No.1 Satie Help Opus Details
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This short piano piece by Erik Satie is the first in a set of 3 miniatures entitled Trois Gymnopédies.  It fascinates and charms many people, with its evocative melody and slow painful accompaniment. Satie's expression directions are indeed  "lent et douloureux".  In reality the music is very simply constructed from a mournful melodic line, an incessant fast-slow rhythm repeating  short bass notes followed by  rather discordant chords.

Satie loved satire and puzzles, and, having been chucked out of the Paris Conervatoire, when introduced to people, he started calling himself a Gymnopédist instead of a musician or composer. This was intended to mystify them, as it has no undisputed, clear, modern meaning. However, the word is cognate with gymnasium and gymnastics, whose modern meanings are clear and innocent, but the ancient Greek Gymnopédists were (scandalously !), groups of naked youths dancing warrior dances in honour of fallen heroes. Subsequently, Satie named these pieces Gymnopédies, meaning - works by a Gymnopédist.

Category: Suite Solo Featuring Piano Modern (Serious) Period
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1    Gymnopedie No.1
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