Satie: Eric. Sheet Music and Biography

By | June 18, 2020

Satie Sheet Music

Black and white photo of Eric Satie in his later years
Eric Satie
17 May 1866-1 July 1925

Eric Alfred Leslie Satie is known as a French composer and pianist who was of major influence to twentieth-century music. His fame is also attributed to his unique style which was often flippant, ‘out of the ordinary’ and humorous.

Music-Scores features several of his well-known works. Gnossienne No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 arrangements for various instruments, Gymnopédie No.1, No. 2, and No. 3 also arranged for various instruments.

Works

Satie was born in Honfleur on 17th May 1866, Normandy, France to Alfred Satie and Jane Leslie. Alfred was a shipbuilder and later a translater and his wife Jane was Scottish and wrote her own pieces for the piano.

Satie is most famous for the Trois Gymnopédies. You may recognise Gymnopédie No.1 which has featured in quite a few soundtracks. Parts one and two were composed in 1888 and part three in 1895.

Early Life

A local organist gave Satie his first lessons and at the age of thirteen. He later joined the Paris Conservatoire but not for long. Dismissed for being a lazy and insignificant student and instead became a pianist at Le Chat Noir Café Cabaret in Montmarte. Here his career really began. He didn’t become famous until he was forty-five and shortly after the younger generation of musicians started to appreciate his work. This lead to the formation of the ‘Les Six’ to which Satie became the patron saint.

Satie never married and apparently only had one relationship with the artist Suzanne Voldon whom he proposed to after their first night together. Unfortunately she moved away after six month leaving Saie devastated.

Death

Satie died on the 1st July 1925 at the age of 59 due to his heavy drinking which caused cirrhosis of the liver.

The appreciation of Satie’s work appeared after his death. A decade later he was hailed as a genius.

Satie Sheet Music and Further Reading

On music-scores.com we have 100 pdf format downloads for you of Erik Satie Sheet Music.

For further information on this composer take a look at Wikipedia or Britannica.

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