The immortal Erik Satie at 150, celebrating the eccentric genius

This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of French eccentric and musicians birth. Erik Satie is a one of a kind. I say “is” because within the small community of people that love Satie, his spirit and attitude will never die. He will live on through his music. He was a character indeed. In fact his music is the theme music to this blog and podcast!

I recently visited his Montmartre home at Rue Cortot Nº 6, which you can see in the photograph I took, below. In fact I did the whole podcast treatment to somebody I have so much admiration and respect but you will have to wait for that in a soon to come post!

Erik Satie House

Erik Satie is most famous for his solo piano works the “Gymnopédies” and “Gnossiennes”. You can take a listen to the “Gymnopédies” below:

Erik Satie at 150 – BBC Podcast (45 minutes)

This week the BBC published an interesting podcast about Erik Satie. It’s pretty interesting. For somebody, like myself, who sees Satie, who dies nearly 100 years ago, as a close friend, I am picky about these things! It’s not bad and a good introduction, let’s say.

“Tom Service re-appraises Erik Satie, the man and his music, on the 150th anniversary of his birth.”

You can listen to the podcast HERE.

How to celebrate Erik Satie at 150

Classic FM have published a piece with a round up of performances of Erik Satie’s music which you can read here.

I would be failing in my duty if I did not return to Satie’s work and life in this blog, so we will be returning to the the life and work of the man regularly.

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By Anthony King (c)

PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY ANTHONY KING (c)

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