Erik Satie (Critical Lives) by Mary E. Davis

By Mary E. Davis

A musical composer who dabbled within the Dada circulate, a Bohemian ‘gymnopédiste’ of fin-de-siècle Montmartre, and a mythical cloth wardrobe referred to as ‘The Velvet Gentleman’ for his sartorial offerings, Erik Satie was once approximately exceptional in method, kind and philosophy between ecu composers within the early 20th century. but his legacy has mostly languished within the shadows of Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel. Mary E. Davis now brings Satie to lifestyles during this interesting new biography that demonstrates that his musical ideas reached so far as his influence.Satie redefined the limits of the composer’s artwork, devising new tools of inventive expression that melded usual components and rarefied genres of phrases, visible artwork and tune. Davis argues that Satie’s modernist aesthetic was once grounded within the contradictions obvious in his lifestyles – equivalent to enrolling within the conservative Schola Cantorum after operating as a cabaret performer – and is mirrored in his irreverent essays, drawings and music.Erik Satie explores how the composer used to be embraced via either the avant-garde and Parisian elite, an adventure that immersed him within the worlds of haute couture and state-of-the-art modernist paintings, and for that reason gave him the cultured impetus to create the recent musical sort of Neoclassicism. Satie additionally crucially hired the ability of the picture via his notorious type statements, Davis contends, to set up his position within the paintings international, and during this connection among couture and tradition, Satie used to be on the middle of a nascent megastar culture.A attention-grabbing and informative portrait, with quite a few illustrations that come with paintings through Satie himself, Erik Satie reassesses the approved background of modernist song and restores the composer to his rightful pioneering status.

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