Satie: Complete Piano Works - Volume 1

by carrie z

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Welcome to my recording of the complete piano works of Erik Satie.

Volume One includes the two sets of Préludes Flasques (the fake ones and the real ones), the two sets of Pièces Froides (the old ones and the new ones), and two pieces meant to accompany plays (the plays are not included). These are surrounded by two middle-period pieces using functional tonality (one a bit short and one a bit long), and preceded by 5⁰ repetitions of Vexations.

Volume One was recorded on a beloved piano in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a portable digital recorder, on various days from May through July 2017.

If you like this project, want it to continue, and/or want to experience other weird projects from me in the future, please consider giving me money.

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More About This Project

Hello. I’m Carrie and I’m making recordings of all surviving piano pieces written by French composer Erik Satie, who lived from 1866-1925. New installments will arrive on the first of every month until the project is done. (That was the initial plan, anyway. But after a long hiatus following Volume 5, installments began to arrive at highly irregular intervals. And I would advise that even once the project seems to be done, you shouldn't think you're safe.)

There are already plenty of good recordings of Satie’s complete piano works available. I particularly like the one by Reinbert de Leeuw. All of these recordings aim for ideals of elegance and refinement that I’m not sure Satie would care all that much about. My project aims for something somewhat different, and some may not find it interesting. (And that’s fine!)

Here are some guidelines that I fell into while I was accidentally starting this project on Satie’s 151st birthday:

- For each piece, I will spend no more than twenty-four hours between first looking at the piece and recording it. That said, I will think carefully about every note and every enigmatic performance direction on the page, and every aspect of historicity of which I am aware, and I will record the best take on the piece that I can do, at a tempo which I sincerely believe in. (I eventually broke this guideline and allowed myself some more practice time, starting with Volume 6.)

- Each installment will be recorded on a piano that is not conventionally well-maintained, and in conditions that are not acoustically pristine. That said, I will do my best to make recordings in which the quirks of the recording process are interesting, rather than intrusive.

- I will choose the order of the pieces without regard to chronology, with the goal of making each installment interesting to listen to all the way through.

Whether you’re new to Erik Satie’s music, or whether you’re more familiar with it than I am, I hope you hear something here that moves you, surprises you, or makes you smile.

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released August 1, 2017

performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Carrie Z

written by Erik Satie

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i like many different kinds of music.

here you may find some small game scores, some noise music, and my ongoing attempt to record the complete works of Erik Satie on various pianos.

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