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Monsieur Le Pauvre

Donald Macleod explores Satie's 'mystic' period of the 1890s. Including the infamous Vexations, a short piece that the pianist is instructed to repeat 840 times.

In the 1890s, Satie reinvented himself as a holy man - a self-imposed outcast from the 'wicked' musical establishment. After a brief spell as the composer for a Christian cult, he set up his own church, studied mystical volumes in Paris's National Library, and penned vitriolic articles in his own magazine (average circulation: 1).

Donald Macleod introduces the music of this 'mystic' period, including the infamous Vexations - a short piece which the pianist is apparently instructed to repeat 840 times - and the rare, almost Zen-like ballet Uspud.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Erik Satie

    Vexations (1893) [excerpt)

    Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

    • DECCA 4736202 - Disc 2,.
    • 23.
  • Erik Satie

    Bonjour, Biqui, Bonjour!

    Performer: Robert Young (voice + piano)

    • BBC Recording.
  • Erik Satie

    Uspud: III. Acte (1892)

    Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

    • DECCA 4736202 - Disc 5,.
    • 6.
  • Erik Satie

    Messe Des Pauvres (1895) [excerpts]

    Performer: Gaston Litaize (organ) Performer: Choeur René Duclos / Pierre Dervaux

    • EMI - CZS7628772 - Disc 1,.
    • 7 & 8.
  • Erik Satie

    Pieces Froides - Danses De Travers (II)

    Performer: Steve Hackett (guitar)

    • INSIDE OUT IOMACD4024.
    • 9.
  • Erik Satie

    Je Te Veux (arr. Tonika Ishinose)

    Performer: Yoshikazu Mera (countertenor) Performer: Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

    • BIS 949.
    • 9.
  • Erik Satie

    Geneviève de Brabant (orch. Desormière) (excerpts) (1899)

    Performer: Mady Mesplé (Genevieve, soprano) Performer: Jean-Christophe Benoit (Golo, tenor) Performer: Choeurs du Theatre Nationale de l'Opera de Paris, Paris Orchestra / Pierre Dervaux

    • EMI CZS7628772 - Disc 2,.
    • 3.
  • Erik Satie

    Trois Morceaux En Forme De Poire (1903)

    Performer: Klára Körmendi, Gábor Eckhardt (pianos)

    • NAXOS 8550699.
    • 9.
  • Erik Satie

    Lost In Satie

    Performer: Mount Florida

    • MATADOR OLE3992.
    • 1.

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