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France Before and After Erik Satie
Boston, Massachusetts
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 - 7:30 PM
In the Form of a Pear:
Two Concerts Considering Satie

"Satie's works are as simple, as straightforward, as devastating as the remarks of a child."
—Virgil Thomson

Composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) qualifies in all respects for the overused epithet "unique." He wrote his music in isolation from historical precedent or conventional practices, and actively defied reality with his work titles and occasionally the works themselves.

Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear is the title Satie assigned to a work that actually consists of seven parts, not three—nor even a "pair." Did someone eat the other four pieces, or are we just meant to be baffled? Vexations is rarely performed because it is an endurance test consisting of 840 repetitions of a single musical line. Nonetheless, teams of pianists sometimes do take on the challenge.

Roughly half of Satie's output was for piano, so it's not surprising that NEC's piano department takes the lead in celebrating his music and its influence.

In two Jordan Hall concerts, January 24 and February 15, NEC piano students will perform music of Satie alongside that of other French composers, and American composers influenced by Satie.

Tonight's concert visits the sounds of earlier French composers who would have been an inevitable part of Satie's upbringing, including Chabrier and Rameau. We'll also hear Satie's contemporaries, including Debussy and Ravel, and more recent French composers whose work owes a debt to Satie's ideas.
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Satie: Sarabandes (3) for Piano
Available Recordings
Sarabande no 1
Sarabande no 2 à Maurice Ravel
Sarabande no 3
Composer: Erik Satie
Satie: Sonatine bureaucratique
Available Recordings
I - Allegro
II - Andante
III - Vivace
Composer: Erik Satie
Satie: Avant-dernières pensées
Available Recordings
Idylle, à Debussy
Aubade, à Paul Dukas
Méditation, à Albert Roussel
Dutilleux: Trois Préludes Pour Piano
Available Recordings
D'ombre et de silence
Sur un meme accord
Le jeu des contraires
Composer: Henri Dutilleux
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