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Erik Satie

Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (UK: , US: , French: [eʁik sati]; 17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. Satie was an influential artist in the late 19th- and early 20th-century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.

An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds"), preferring this designation to that of "musician", after having been called "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.

In addition to his body of music, Satie left a set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications from the dadaist 391 to the American culture chronicle Vanity Fair. Although in later life he prided himself on publishing his work under his own name, in the late 19th century he appears to have used pseudonyms such as Virginie Lebeau and François de Paule in some of his published writings.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 17th, 1866 (Honfleur), Died July 1st, 1925 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-56823 12-in. 4/14/1930 Gymnopedie no. 1 Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-75620 10-in. 3/21/1933 Gnossienne George Copeland Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-014395 10-in. 12/12/1937 Gymnopedie no. 1 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-014396 10-in. 12/12/1937 Gymnopedie no. 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Satie, Erik," accessed July 25, 2021,

Satie, Erik. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from

"Satie, Erik." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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