Three Things by and about Erik Satie

By July 31, 2011August 2nd, 2011Uncategorized

#1. An odd and wonderful picture book:

Erik Satie is a very odd man who made very odd music: “like an old chant and wild tunes. . . mixed together.”

#2. A “pedestrian” theory about Erik Satie’s music: scholar Roger Shattuck believed that walking was “the source of Erik Satie’s sense of musical beat—the possibility of variation within repetition, the effect of boredom on the organism.” Day after day, Satie walked back and forth across the same landscape—10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris—taking small deliberate steps, experiencing “the total observation of a very limited and narrow environment.”

#3. Some music.