Elegant and slightly dark, the simplicity of Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No 1 is both light and touching. It is beautiful accompaniment to the close of a drama. Here the Elf King dances to mourn the passing of summer and to celebrate the arrival of autumn....
Éric Satie (French: [eʁik sati]; 1866–1925) was a French composer and pianist in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. Satie is one of the most famous Impressionist artists.
Satie had attended the Paris Conservatoire twice, once as a musician, and the second time as a composer, but he was told that his work and playing was insignificant and worthless, by his teachers. He joined the army, but was discharged within a few, because he deliberately infected himself with bronchitis. He then moved to his father’s house in Montmartre, Northern Paris and composed “Trois Gymnopédies” at this important cross-road of his life. “Trois Gymnopédies” was his first published piece, after he began mixing with the different kind of artistic crowd that lived in northern Paris, away from the Paris Conservatoire.