Erik Satie: Sonatine Bureaucratique

Books | Piano

Publisher: Henle Verlag
Composer: Erik Satie
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
Although Satie took the classical form as a model for his “Sonatine”, it is quintessentially an ironic work. The composer, who later in life liked to be seen walking through the streets wearing a stiff collar and bowler hat, included lines of text between the staves that describe the day of a typical Parisian bureaucrat.

The bureaucrat sits in a chair with green silk sleeve guards and dreams of being promoted. “Next door a piano is playing Clementi”… and at this point parodied echoes of Clementi’s popular Sonatine op. 36/1 can actually be heard. Ulrich Krämer provides knowledgeable background information in the preface to our edition that will enable a better understanding of Satie’s work.
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 23 August 2012
No of pages: 16
Language: English, French, German
Catalogue No: HN1075

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