Erik Satie ~ Gnossiennes (piano- Aki Takahashi)

 
 “Gnossienne” is the name given to several piano pieces by the French composer Erik Satie in the late 19th century.Characteristics

Satie’s coining of the word “gnossienne” was one of the rare occasions when a composer used a new term to indicate a new “type” of composition. Satie had and would use many novel names for his compositions (“vexations“, “croquis et agaceries” and so on). “Ogive,” for example, had been the name of an architectural element until Satie used it as the name for a composition, the Ogives. “Gnossienne,” however, was a word that did not exist before Satie used it as a title for a composition. The word appears to be derived from “gnosis“; Satie was involved in gnostic sects and movements at the time that he began to compose the Gnossiennes.[1] However, some published versions claim[1] that the word derives from Cretan “knossos” or “gnossus” and link the Gnossiennes to TheseusAriadne and the Minotaur myth. Several archeological sites relating to that theme were famously excavated around the time that Satie composed the Gnossiennes.        More…

3 responses to “Erik Satie ~ Gnossiennes (piano- Aki Takahashi)

  1. Pingback: make muisc part of your life series: Erik Satie – Gnossienne, 5. Modéré (08) | euzicasa

  2. Not only was Erik Satre a great composer he was also a great wordsmith. Virginia

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