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Twenty short pieces : for piano = (Sports et divertissements)
Satie, Erik, 1866-1925.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Sports et divertissements
Publication Information:
New York : Dover Publications, [1982]

Physical Description:
1 score (47 pages) : illustrations ; 23 x 31 cm
General Note:
Reproduced from holograph, with English translations of the composer's original comments.
Added Title:
Sports et divertissements.
Format :
Musical Score


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M24.S219 S65 1982 Musical Score Grosvenor Room-Oversize

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Composer Erik Satie (1866--1925) exercised a profound effect on twentieth-century music. His innovative harmonies, freedom of form, and mastery of musical understatement influenced a diverse company of modern masters, ranging from Debussy and Ravel to Milhaud, Poulenc, and Cage. This is a facsimile of an extremely rare collection of the French master's brilliant thumbnail sketches -- both musical and verbal -- of various outdoor sports and amusements.
Satie created these pieces to accompany an album of charming, sophisticated drawings by Charles Martin, a well-known illustrator of the day. The composer also added droll verbal commentaries and inscribed both words and music in an exquisite calligraphic hand. Published in the 1920s in a limited edition, the album is very scarce today. This modestly priced edition of a rare treasure features black-and-white illustrations and English translations of Satie's eccentric verbal notations.

Author Notes

At the age of 13, Erik Satie went to Paris, where he attended the Paris Conservatory. He soon, however, relinquished his formal and systematic study of music. Early in his career, he played in cabarets in Montmartre. In 1892 he began to produce short piano pieces with eccentric titles, intended to ridicule proponents of both modern and classical music. He was 40 years old when he decided to learn about the techniques of composition. Although he was dismissed as a serious musician by his contemporaries, Satie greatly influenced French musicians of a younger generation. He became well known as an innovator in the modern idiom after his death. (Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

La Balançoire (The Swing)
La Chasse (Hunting)
La Comédie italienne (Italian Comedy)
Le Réveil de la Mariée (The Awakening of the Bride)
Colin-Maillard (Blindman's Buff)
La Pêche (Fishing)
Le Yachting (Yachting)
Le Bain de mer (Ocean Bathing)
Le Carnaval (Carnival)
Le Golf (Golf)
La Pieuvre (The Octopus)
Les Courses (Racing)
Les Quatre-coins (Puss in the Corner)
Le Pique-nique (The Picnic)
Le Water-chute (Shoot-the-Chutes)
Le Tango (perpétuel) (The [Perpetual] Tango)
Le Traîneau (The Sled)
Le Flirt (Flirting)
Le Feu d'Artifice (Fireworks)
Le Tennis (Tennis)