17 May 1866, Honfleur – 1 July 1925, Paris
Éric Alfred Leslie Satie was a French composer and pianist.
Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music and the Theatre of the Absurd.
An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a „gymnopedist” in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies.
Erik Satie – Gnossienne 1 Piano: Alessio Nanni
In addition to his body of music, Satie also left a remarkable set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications, from the dadaist 391 to the American culture chronicle Vanity Fair. Although in later life he prided himself on always publishing his work under his own name, in the late 19th century he appears to have used pseudonyms such as Virginie Lebeau and François de Paule in some of his published writings.
The Best of Erik Satie (1 Hour Classical Music)