Eric Satie's piano music -
surveyed by BRIAN HOWES
'... all played straight and cleanly, as I expect Satie would have wished.'
Eric Satie was an eccentric both in his life and in his music. He hated
sunshine and went out in the rain carrying his precious, unfurled umbrella.
He was an isolate, and hated women. He was always immaculately dressed,
but died an alcoholic and pauper. His room was left in a squalid and chaotic
state. The titles of his piano works could be bizarre in the extreme. One
of the pieces on this disc, Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme
en bois ('Sketches and Annoyances of a Fat, Wooden Bloke')
[listen -- track 7, 0:22-1:16] is a good example.
His directions to pianists could be described as a touch unhelpful. That
for Unappetising Chorale (not on this disc) is: 'To be played
hypocritically'. It is dated 'March, 1914 in the morning on an
Copyright © 7 August 2002
Brian Howes, London, UK