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Satie the Composer (Music in the Twentieth Century) Paperback – December 4, 2008

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Orledge, who has written books on Faure, Debussy, and Koechlin, examines the compositional methodology of the seminal 20th-century French master, attempting to solve the riddle of the composer's genius through a detailed musical analysis. As noted in the text, one must search elsewhere for comprehensive biographical coverage (e.g., Ornella Volta's Satie: His World Through His Letters , Marion Boyars, dist. by Rizzoli, 1989; Roger Shattuck's The Banquet Years , 1968, Random; and Allan M. Gillmor's Erik Satie , LJ 4/15/88). The author brings impressive musical erudition and technical knowledge to the investigation, but falls short of his stated goal of deciphering Satie's genius. He tends to describe or list compositional attributes without elucidating their broader significance, and his study lacks interpretive vision. Nonetheless, his work's admirable scholarship renders it indispensable for research on Satie and his times. Included are a biographical chronology and catalog of compositions. For colleges and specialized collections.
- Daniel Fermon, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Erik Satie remains one of the most bizarre figures in music history, yet everything he did has its own curious logic, once it can be perceived. In this important new study Dr Orledge reveals what made Satie 'tick' as a composer, dealing with every aspect of Satie's complex career and relating his achievement to the other arts and to the society in which he lived.

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