Gymnopedie no.1 - Satie

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Gymnopedie no.1 - Satie
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Published on 26-10-2020

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A highly unique and creative composition by Satie. There is simply no other song like this one. It begins with alternating Amaj7 and Emaj7 chords (with the 7th played sharp - i.e., rather than an A7 -A,C#,E,G, Amaj7 is A,C#,E,G#). These chords are both stirring and bittersweet. (these are the chords used in the guitar transcription, the original piano version begins with a Dmaj7 chord)


The melody progresses slowly and with hesitation - it is both beautiful and melancholy at the same time. There is just enough dischord to instill both a sense of peace and a sense of longing. Depending on how you time it, one can either emphasise the peaceful aspect of the song, or the tortured side. In fact, Satie's notes with the piece suggest it be played 'lent et douloureux' - 'slow and painful'.


My playing is more on the 'lent' side of things. For a more 'douloureux' interpretation of this song on the piano, listen to FInghin Collins here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LyiSnFdwOo


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