Satie: Complete Music for Piano Four Hands

Satie: Complete Music for Piano Four Hands
Composer Erik Satie
Artist Sandra en Jeroen van Veen piano four hands
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9129
EAN code 5029365912921
Release June 2009

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About this release

Alfred Erik Leslie Satie (1866–1925) was born in Honfleur, of a Normand father and a Scottish mother. He rates as one of music’s true originals – a real ‘one-off ’. After his studies as an organist, and then a period as a rather unsuccessful concert pianist having studied with several eminent teachers (he hated the rules of academic life), he enrolled in the French Army. This didn’t solve his problems with life either, so he deliberately contracted bronchitis and was invalided out after being declared unfit for service.

It was after this sad episode that he started to compose, and his earliest published work was Valse-Ballet. Satie then entered the life of Parisian nightclubs, absorbing all the influences of sound and life on offer, becoming friends with Debussy – they met when Satie had got a job as second pianist at a club. Satie had developed a unique way of composing – a kind of musical freehand – and was introducing complex chord structures that would come to influence Debussy. His music attracted the attention of such leading figures as Diaghilev, Picasso, Ravel, Stravinsky and Cocteau. Even so, Satie had a feeling that he wasn’t being taken seriously as a composer, and embarked on a three-year counterpoint study with Albert Roussel. The piano four-hands form has a long and distinguished history with many major symphonic works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky published in this form for a wide domestic market. For many years the great classical composers’ works had appeared in this form, including works by Mozart and Schubert, who wrote specifically for piano four-hands. In the days before LPs, CDs and MP3s this was how music was heard in the home.

This CD contains some of Satie’s most important works: Parade, written for Cocteau, Relâche, Gymnopédies Nos. 1 and 3, and his so-called ‘Furniture music’, Musique d’ameublement of 1917.

Other information:
- The piano duo Sandra & Jeroen van Veen was established in 1987, and has been touring extensively since then.
- The duo has recorded over 40 CDs. They teach, adjudicate, and have a passion for bringing music to unusual locations such as railway stations!

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Parade - Ballet Réaliste (1917): Choral
  2. Parade - Ballet Réaliste (1917): Prélude du rideau rouge
  3. Parade - Ballet Réaliste (1917): Prestidigitateur chiNois
  4. Parade - Ballet Réaliste (1917): Petie fille américaine
  5. Parade - Ballet Réaliste (1917): Ragtime du paquebot
  6. Parade - Ballet Réaliste (1917): Acrobates
  7. Parade - Ballet Réaliste (1917): Suite au Prélude du rideau rouge
  8. Trois Morceaux En Forme de Poire (1903): Manière de commencement: Allez modérément
  9. Trois Morceaux En Forme de Poire (1903): Prolongation du même: Au pas
  10. Trois Morceaux En Forme de Poire (1903): I. Lentement
  11. Trois Morceaux En Forme de Poire (1903): II. Enlévé
  12. Trois Morceaux En Forme de Poire (1903): III. Brutal
  13. Trois Morceaux En Forme de Poire (1903): En plus: Calme
  14. Trois Morceaux En Forme de Poire (1903): Redite: Dans le lent
  15. GymNopédie No. 1: Lent et douloureux (1888)
  16. Aperçus Désagréables (1908): Pastorale: Assez lent
  17. Aperçus Désagréables (1908): Choral: Large de vue
  18. Aperçus Désagréables (1908): Fugue: Non vite
  19. En Habit de Cheval (1911): Chorale: Grave
  20. En Habit de Cheval (1911): Fugue litanique: soigneusement et avec lenteur
  21. En Habit de Cheval (1911): Autre chorale: Non lent
  22. En Habit de Cheval (1911): Fugue de papier: Assez modéré
  23. Musiques d'Ameublement (1917): I. Tapisserie en fer forgé
  24. Musiques d'Ameublement (1917): II. Carrelage phonique
  25. Trois Petites Pièces Montées (1919): I. de l'enfance de Pantagruel: Rêverie, modéré
  26. Trois Petites Pièces Montées (1919): II. Marche de Cocagne: Démarche, temps de Marche
  27. Trois Petites Pièces Montées (1919): III. Jeux de Gargantua: Coin de Polka, mouvement de Polka
  28. La Belle Excentrique - Fantaisie Sérieuse (1920): Grande ritournelle: Pas trOp vite
  29. La Belle Excentrique - Fantaisie Sérieuse (1920): Marche franco-Lunaire
  30. La Belle Excentrique - Fantaisie Sérieuse (1920): Valse du mystérieux baiser dans l'oeil: Mouvement de valse
  31. La Belle Excentrique - Fantaisie Sérieuse (1920): Cancan grand-mondain: GalOp
  32. GymNopédie No. 3 (1888)
  33. Cinéma (1924)