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20 SHORT PIECES FOR PIANO (SPO (Dover Music for Piano) Composer Erik Satie 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 amusementsSatie 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 s 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 This is a gorgeous reprint of one of the pinnacles of Satie s oeuvre The book is well bound and will sit nearly flat on the piano.Some reviewers have complained that the facsimile of Satie s manuscript is difficult to read from Perhaps this is true when sight reading when your eyes have become used to neat, uniform engravements although Satie s music handwriting is very neat and uniform, much neater than Bach s in any case, and equally as beautiful But once these pieces are learned and they re not that difficult then reading them is no problem at all Further, this reprint would have been, in my opinion, worthless had Dover chosen to publish engravements instead of facsimiles One of the things that makes Satie such a unique Composer is the care he took to write out his scores his calligraphy is gorgeous to look at, and this album of miniatures would not be the same without the magic of Satie s genius use of mise en scene seriously, their are no other collections of short pieces quite like Sports et Divertissements, purely because of his amazing calligraphy of both words and music The line drawings by Charles Martin are unfortunately not in colour, just black for purposes of space, though I would still be happy to pay for the inclusion of these note that the original title page is published here.A very useful part of this book is that Satie s delightful narrative for each piece is translated into English in small text This translation is to be found just below the Charles Martin drawing on the right hand page, the facsimile of the music is printed on the left hand page Page numbers are also included.Overall, despite some sad omissions, this book is a must have for all Satie fans it is the closest book available to the original limited publication from the 1920s The pieces published here show Satie s genius of telescoping so much into a short piece, as opposed to the Wagnerian genius or, some would say, none genius of extrapolating great swathes of music form very little, a practice which dominated the French classical tradition in Satie s time Thus, these works mark an important turning point in the development of Music as an Art, via Satie s unique Harmony and amazing Melodic gift There are lots of nice piano collections out there I believe that this book should be on everyone s music shelves alongside the Notebook for Anna Magdalena and Telemann s Keyboard Fantasies These pieces are certainly the work of a genius who equals among Bach and the other greats I encourage anyone who appreciates Music and the development of Art to buy this book.DS Very fun pieces Each piece is accompanied by a lovely drawing. 1

  • 20 SHORT PIECES FOR PIANO (SPO (Dover Music for Piano)
  • Erik Satie
  • Inglés
  • 08 December 2019
  • 0486243656

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