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Trois Gnossiennes

Posted on | November 11, 2008 |

Piano playing for me is always in fits and starts. I may go a couple months and barely glance at the piano from across the room. Then something will switch and I’ll find myself playing over an hour per day. I’m currently in the latter phase. Though I have a horrible tendency to play all music fast as I see fit, this time around I’m consciously slowing it down and trying to find the right interpretation of a song. (”Right” being what sounds good to me. I can’t be hemmed in by how so-called “experts” say a song should be played).

I’m currently obsessed with a few songs, but most of all Erik Satie’s Trois Gnossiennes. His music is beautifully haunting and, in my estimation, very open to interpretation. There is no time signature, no measures, and very little additional instruction (at least, that I understand). In short, this is my kind of composer. Trois Gnossiennes, as you might infer, is actually three individual pieces — Gnossienne no. 1, no. 2, no. 3, appropriately — grouped together. From what I’ve gathered, Satie made up the word “Gnossiennes” so no one really knows what it means or exactly how it’s pronounced. Again, loving this guy the more I read about him.

As an experiment, I fired up GarageBand, and, for the first time ever, attempted to record something. The sound is not awesome as I don’t have the proper equipment to connect my piano directly to the computer, but it was a fun experiment.


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    December 3rd, 2008 @ 10:21 am

    I like to ride my horse… oh and play piano too…

  2. David
    March 17th, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    Oh man, awesome! I love Erik Satie! I tried to learn how to play the first Gymnopedie (without any training on the piano) and decided that it was impossible without three hands.

  3. Tom
    April 13th, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Very cool! I have played on and off over the years…Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies were the last I played.

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