Satie the Composer

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Cambridge University Press, 26 oct. 1990 - 394 pages
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Erik Satie remains one of the most bizarre figures in music history, yet everything he did has its own curious logic, once it can be perceived. In this important new study Dr Orledge reveals what made Satie 'tick' as a composer, dealing with every aspect of Satie's complex career and relating his achievement to the other arts and to the society in which he lived. Almost every figure in contemporary art was involved with Satie in some way or another, from Matisse and Picasso to Apollinaire, Cocteau and Brancusi. This, however, is no mere life-and-works study but rather an exploration of the technique behind Satie's art, which foreshadowed most of the 'advances' of twentieth-century music from serialism to minimalism, and even muzak. As the book progresses Satie appears as far more than just the composer of the popular Gymnopédies and Parade.
 

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Orledge, who has written books on Faure, Debussy, and Koechlin, examines the compositional methodology of the seminal 20th-century French master, attempting to solve the riddle of the composer's ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

List of illustrations page
x
Abbreviations
xvii
Some descriptions of Satie
xli
Why and where Satie composed
8
Parody pastiche quotation and the question of influences
21
Satie and Debussy
39
Saties compositional aesthetic
69
Satie counterpoint and the Schola Cantorum
81
Questions of form logic and the mirror image
142
Compositional systems and other sources of inspiration
185
Composition and the other arts
205
Satie on other composers
245
Satie and the wider world
254
Notes
336
Select bibliography
368
Index of Saties works
381

Orchestration versus instrumentation
105

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