Monday, June 22, 2015

Righteous Classical Music: Trois Gymnopedies by Erik Satie

So! After all this intricately orchestrated music, I thought it would be fun to slow down and take a look at a Piano piece that is very quiet and low-key (And one that I can actually play with competence!). What better to fill that role, than Gymnopedie by Erik Satie, the poster child of eccentric French Impressionist composers!
So, there are 3 Gymnopedies. They are all basically the same melody, but each one is subtly different! The first one is 'Lent et Douloureux', or 'Slow and Painful, the second one is 'Let et Triste' (Slow and Sad),and the last is 'Lent et Grave' (Slow and Serious).
Erik Satie referred to his music as 'Furniture Music', meaning that he himself found his music to be very ambient and low-key. I really like the minimalistic nature of these pieces. It's very relaxing and kind of sends your mind on a little journey. It's pretty cool that there is so much emotion and depth in the simple-ness of these pieces. :)

Next Up: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

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