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Selected Writings and Music of Erik Satie

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 58 min
Event Type: Documentary Program Origin: KPFA

A program first broadcast in 1968 featuring Howard Hersh reading excerpts from the collected writings of French composer and pianist Erik Satie. The selections, which seem to be taken from assorted lectures, essays, and perhaps diary entries are both whimsical and enlightening. Subjects vary from his love for cabbage soup (only surpassed by his love of his mother); a schedule of activities; a list of his preferred diet (only white foods); comments on the education system of France; as well as the admission that he never married for a fear of being cuckold and the belief that no woman could understand him. In the second half of the program we hear Satie’s comments on critics and animals; ruminates on his heritage and lifestyle; as well as a description of the purpose of furniture music. Satie was known to be a bit of an eccentric and these brief insights from his own pen do nothing to disabuse the listener of that impression. The readings are interspersed with unidentified selection of piano music, also by Satie.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [selections of excerpted, unidentified piano music interspersed with readings from diaries, letters, etc...]
Performers:  Howard Hersh, reader
Genres:  Classical Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Satie, Erik, 1866-1925; 19th century classical; 20th century classical; Piano music; Composers -- France -- Correspondence; Music -- History and criticism
People:  Dengler, Anne; Satie, Erik, 1866-1925; Hersh, Howard
First Broadcast Date:  8/25/1968
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [selections of excerpted, unidentified piano music interspersed with readings from diaries, letters, etc...]
Performers:  Howard Hersh, reader
Genres:  Classical Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Satie, Erik, 1866-1925; 19th century classical; 20th century classical; Piano music; Composers -- France -- Correspondence; Music -- History and criticism
People:  Dengler, Anne; Satie, Erik, 1866-1925; Hersh, Howard
First Broadcast Date:  8/25/1968
 
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