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Erik Satie

Erik Satie Composer

Passacaille   

Performances: 2
Tracks: 2
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Musicology:
  • Passacaille
    Year: 1906
    Genre: Other Keyboard
    Pr. Instrument: Piano
Erik Satie returned to school in 1905—at the not-so-tender age of 40. Enrolling at the Scuola Cantorum, an academic institution founded by renowned composer Vincent d'Indy, he studied theory and counterpoint in an effort to make up for what he felt were deficiencies in his technical knowledge of music. He was also likely seeking to abolish the tag of "amateur" often applied to him by critics. He graduated from the Scuola in 1908 with a diploma in counterpoint. The effects of his schooling on the compositions dating from the years during and immediately after his studies were enormous, and the Passacaille is just one of many works dating from this student period. While these student works are little known and are not among Satie's best, they nonetheless represent a period of stylistic growth and evolution. Despite its name, this piece is not a true passacaglia, which would use a repeated ground bass as a basis for melodic variation; instead it employs frequent repetition of its opening few bars as an organizing device.

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