Éric Satie

(1866 - 1925)
Éric Satie was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds") preferring this designation to that of a "musician", after having been called "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.

Éric Satie Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements


No Timpani + 1 percussion
Suspended cymbal


Timpani + 4 percussion
2 octaves bottlephone (D to D in Bb major), orchestral bass drum, ship's siren, tambourine, starting pistol, snare drum, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, ratchet, tenor drum, wood block, typewriter, xylophone, tam tam, triangle, siren

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