Satie the Bohemian: From Cabaret to Concert Hall

Satie the Bohemian: From Cabaret to Concert Hall

by Stephen Moore Whiting
     
 

The composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) came of age in the bohemian sub-culture of Montmartre, with its artists' cabarets and cafés-concerts. These colorful milieux decisively shaped his aesthetic priorities and compositional strategies, from the esoteric Gymnopédies of the 1880s to the avant-garde ballets of the 1920s. Whiting makes this radical

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The composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) came of age in the bohemian sub-culture of Montmartre, with its artists' cabarets and cafés-concerts. These colorful milieux decisively shaped his aesthetic priorities and compositional strategies, from the esoteric Gymnopédies of the 1880s to the avant-garde ballets of the 1920s. Whiting makes this radical transvaluation of received artistic values more understandable by placing it in the full context of bohemian Montmartre.

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"If the portrait of one of the most colorful cultural icons of an inordinately dynamic and colorful era is clarity and eloquence, has altered our perception dramaticlly."— Journal of the American Musicology Society.

"...Professor Whiting not only writes engagingly but has something new and perceptive to say about every composition....there is so much to say about this excellent and thought-provoking book....Whiting possesses the rare ability to penetrate the strange logic of Satie's compositional mind....this book will remain indispensable to anyone interested in Satie's music."—Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198164586
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Music Series
Pages:
612
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

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University of Michigan

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