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Erik Satie (Critical Lives) [Kindle Edition]

Mary E. Davis
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A musical composer who dabbled in the Dada movement, a Bohemian ‘gymnopédiste’ of fin-de-siècle Montmartre, and a legendary dresser known as ‘The Velvet Gentleman’ for his sartorial choices, Erik Satie was nearly unprecedented in technique, style and philosophy among European composers in the early twentieth century. 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 that demonstrates that his musical innovations reached as far as his influence.Satie redefined the boundaries of the composer’s art, devising new methods of artistic expression that melded ordinary elements and rarefied genres of words, visual art and music. Davis argues that Satie’s modernist aesthetic was grounded in the contradictions apparent in his life – such as enrolling in the conservative Schola Cantorum after working as a cabaret performer – and is reflected in his irreverent essays, drawings and music.Erik Satie explores how the composer was embraced by both the avant-garde and Parisian elite, an experience that immersed him in the worlds of high fashion and cutting-edge modernist art, and subsequently gave him the aesthetic impetus to create the new musical style of Neoclassicism. Satie also crucially employed the power of the image through his infamous fashion statements, Davis contends, to establish his place in the art world, and in this connection between couture and culture, Satie was at the heart of a nascent celebrity culture.A fascinating and informative portrait, with numerous illustrations that include art by Satie himself, Erik Satie reassesses the accepted history of modernist music and restores the composer to his rightful pioneering status.

Editorial Reviews


"A welcome reassessment of Satie that places him at the hub of radical events."
(Julian Haylock Classic FM 2007-08-01)

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.



Product Details

  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (August 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090ODO3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Error in translation September 1, 2013
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Satie's Last words were reported to be "oh, the cows". This is a bad translation of the French slang for "oh, the S.O.B.'s"
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Mary E. Davis is Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.


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