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Many of Satie’s contemporaries spoke of his essentially childlike nature. Satie’s notebooks show the care and self-critical attitude he devoted to his children’s music, with material ranging from possible fingering trials to neat copies of pieces he ultimately rejected.

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As with his humoristic piano suites of the periodSatie’s eccentric wit is evident in the titles and playful narratives appended to the Enfantines. This page was last edited on 2 Augustat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Complete Piano Music, Vol. Compositions by Erik Satie 20th-century classical music Compositions for solo piano compositions.

Retrieved from ” https: Menus propos enfantins serves as a sort of introduction. He is so fond of the staircase he wants to have it stuffed.

Dated October 10,and dedicated to Valentine Gross. The pieces are marked Andante moderately slowLentand Un peu vif a little lively.

Enfantillages pittoresques (Satie, Erik)

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use bercuse Privacy Policy. In the Marche a king has built a sztie ivory staircase so beautiful that people are afraid to use it. The king himself leaves his room by jumping out the window. This later manifested itself in his support of the budding composers who made up Les Six and the “Arcueil School”.

It covers a wider keyboard range, including the black keys.

Satie hoped to have children learn without knowing they were doing so. These pieces were composed in early October The Enfantines saite three sets of beginner piano pieces by Erik Satie”written with the aim of preparing children for the sound patterns of modern music. The third story is a dialogue between a mother and her young son. The “greedy” boy thinks he finds a bone in his chocolate “No, my little one, it’s an almond” and throws a tantrum when he’s not allowed to eat bsrceuse whole box.


There is greater rhythmic variety in the Enfantillages pittoresques while the Peccadilles importunes have more dissonant harmonies and varied tempi. Brush your hair well Towards the end of his life he told Darius Milhaud”I should so much like to know what kind of music the children who are now four years old will write.

Enfantines – Wikipedia

Satie never lost his devotion to young people and the promise of the future they represented. He avoids didacticism in order to give his young pupils “the freedom to engage in the music through play Julianne Lindberg, abstract of lecture “Pedagogy, Play, and ‘the pianist’s reward’: First we are offered a sketch of the jolly King of Beans and his brave horse, who likes dancing, war and bullets. Volta suggested that the unique name “Ko-Quo” may eatie a childish pronunciation of “Que quoi?

In a lecture he referred to his Premier Menuet as “written when I was still quite young – 54 years old. The pieces are marked Mouvt. She assures him his grandparents will know he staie a good boy – they’ll see satis in the newspaper. The Little Tulip Princess speaks softly because her doll has a headache, having fallen from the third floor “The doctor says it’s nothing”.


For this set Satie’s texts assume a faux-moralizing tone, with admonitions such as “Those who are jealous are unhappy,” “The Good Lord will be angry if he sees this,” and “Never do this unless someone tells you to. Indeed, these pieces were designed — visually, musically, textually, and physically — with the delight of the child in mind. Two additional sets were published posthumously.

These are genuine children’s pieces, crafted for small hands, [8] with simple themes that can be easily learned. Satie’s texts for movements 1 and 2 deal with imaginary royalty.

Autour des Nocturnes” posted on The Frogweb April 18, Go for a good walk”[13] while in the Berceuse little Pierrot is tucked in for the night by his mother. List of compositions by Erik Satie Portal: Translated from the original French edition published by Rieder, Paris, Views Read Edit View history.

He typically followed it with a whimsical joke: Dated October 22,and dedicated to Madame Leon Verveuil.

Each set is built on a different five-finger scale, using only the white keys of the piano. He was something else: Dated October 26,and dedicated to Marguerite Long.