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17 of the Silliest Moments in Satie’s Scores

Satie-erik-4ff9d0bde1749

 

  1. That time he wrote two-handed piano music on three staves in stead of just two, ’cause why not?

 

 

1. Messe_b

 

 

  1. That time he was like, “Naw, just one staff’s cool, thanks.”

 

 

2. Harmonies_b

 

 

 

  1. That time he got so hot and bothered he forgot the bar lines.

 

 

3. Croquis et Agaceries 1_c

 

 

  1. That time he remembered the bar lines but forgot how to use them. You had ONE job, bar lines!

 

 

4. Flabby Preludes for a dog 2_b

 

 

  1. That time he wanted you to be *very* Turkish.

 

 

5.-Croquis-et-Agaceries-2_C

 

 

 

  1. That time he wanted you to be “dry like a cuckoo.”

 


6. Croquis et Agaciers_b

 

 

 

  1. That time he wanted you to sound like a “nightingale with a toothache.”

 

 

7.-Embryon_C

 

 

 

  1. That time things got a little bit bloody…

 

 

8.-Croquis-et-Agaceries-3_c

 

 

 

  1. That time he needed a revolver in the orchestra.

 

 

9. Parade_b

 

 

  1. That time he wanted you to play music, but only “in your head.” O…..kaaaaaay?

 

 

10. Les Fils Des Etoiles_b

 

 

  1. That time his preludes were so “flabby” he decided to give them to the dogs.

 

 

11. Flabby Preludes for a dog_b

 

 

  1. That time he wanted you to “put your hand in your pocket.”

 

 

12.-Descriptions-Automatique_c

 

 

  1. That time he wanted you to play something 840 (!!!) times in a row. Philip Glass? Eat your heart out.

 

 

13. vexations_b

 

 

 

  1. That time he wrote a chocolate and almond waltz. Mmmmm. Choooooocolate.

 

 

14.-Valse-du-Chocolate_c

 

 

  1. That time he didn’t write words for the singer. Words are for the birds…

 

 

15. Les Ois_b

 

 

  1. That time he wanted you tap into your psychic powers? What?!?!?

 

 

16.-Gnossienne_c

 

 

  1. That time he needed an extra “ñ” in “España” to parody Bizet’s Carmen.

 

 

Carmen_b

 

 

 

  • Mitchell Marks

    Thanks for a fun feature.
    In item 3, wouldn’t “Un peu chaud” mean “A little hot” (not cold)?