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Gymnopédie No 1

Eric Satie

Eric Satie (1866-1925) was one of the well-known French impressionistic composers. His career for a large part took place in the cabarets of Montmartre in Paris. He introduced a great variety of musical forms in his own style.

He composed the Gymnopedies after a joke: One evening in the cabaret Le Chat Noir he introduced himself as Gymnopediste and felt that he had to prove himself to be a musician-gymnopediste. Gymnopedies are in fact ancient greek sacral dances.