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Erik Satie (Critical Lives)

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A composer who dabbled in the Dada movement, a Bohemian “gymnopédiste” of fin-de-siècle Montmartre, and a legendary dresser known as “The Velvet Gentleman,” Erik Satie cut a unique figure among early twentieth-century European composers. Yet his legacy has largely languished in the shadows of Stravinsky, Debussy, and Ravel. Mary E. Davis now brings Satie to life in this fascinating new biography.

Satie redefined the composers art, devising new methods of artistic expression that melded ordinary and rarified elements of words, visual art, and music. Davis argues that Saties modernist aesthetic was grounded in the contradictions of his life—such as enrolling in the conservative Schola Cantorum after working as a cabaret performer—and is reflected in his irreverent essays, drawn art, and music.  Erik Satie explores how the composer was embraced by avant-garde artists and fashionable Parisian elite, and how his experiences inspired him to create the musical style of Neoclassicism. Satie also employed the power of the image through his infamous fashion statements, Davis contends, and became part of a nascent celebrity culture.

A cogent and informative portrait, Erik Satie upends the accepted history of modernist music and restores the composer to his rightful pioneering status.

 

About the Author

Mary E. Davis is associate professor in the Department of Music at Case Western Reserve University and is also the author of Classic Chic: Music, Fashion, and Modernism.

 

 

Table of Contents

      Introduction
  1  Honfleur
  2  Student, Soldier, Gymnopédiste
  3  Parcier
  4  Velvet Gentleman
  5  Scholiste
  6  Bourgeois Radical
  7  Ballets Russes
  8  En 'Smoking'
  9  Dadaist
      Envoi
 
      References
      Bibliography
      Select Discography
      Acknowledgements
      Photo Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861893215
Author:
Davis, Mary E.
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
France
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Critical Lives
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 halftones
Pages:
175
Dimensions:
7.88 x 5 in

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