Le Piccadilly​-​Erik Satie

by scotty hill-New Orleans

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Arranged and orchestrated from MIDI.
This piece is usually known for solo piano.
Beginning in 1888, Satie was a pianist in a number of Montmartre cafés (which were the meeting places of musicians as well as of writers and painters.) Around 1900, he produced several first-rate café songs. Le Picadilly is one of the music-hall pieces composed during this period. Satie's contribution to the world of popular entertainment was substantial.

Against the romantic Wagnerian style, Satie developed a controlled, abstract and seemingly simple style. His music, in general, features a removed, unaffected beauty. Although his early works anticipate the harmonic innovations of some impressionists, such as Debussy and Ravel, his later compositions foretell the neoclassicism of the early 20th century. Satie often disguised his artistic intention with comical humor, adding nonsense programs or whimsical titles such as Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear (1918). The "avant-garde" in Satie's aesthetics is found not in his often very bland music but in the ways that his compositional simplicity challenged the ultra-seriousness of the musical establishment.


released December 3, 2012



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