Gazette staffer Valentine Hugo then recommended Satie, with whom she had recently become friends. Although he was offered a lesser amount than Stravinsky, Satie claimed it was excessive and against his moral principles to accept; only when the fee was substantially reduced did he agree to the project. He was furiously scolded by the composer, who feared such demands would cause him to lose the commission altogether. Some of the earliest examples had been published by the Montmartre cabaret Le Chat Noir while he was a pianist there in the late s. Extramusical commentary was becoming increasingly prominent in his keyboard works of the period, and in Sports he indulged this by writing a surrealistic prose poem on each theme; he then meticulously calligraphed these into his India ink scores, in black ink for the notes and words and red ink for the staves. There is no record that Satie had contact with Charles Martin or access to his illustrations while composing the suite.
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Gazette staffer Valentine Hugo then recommended Satie, with whom she had recently become friends. Although he was offered a lesser amount than Stravinsky, Satie claimed it was excessive and against his moral principles to accept; only when the fee was substantially reduced did he agree to the project. He was furiously scolded by the composer, who feared such demands would cause him to lose the commission altogether. Some of the earliest examples had been published by the Montmartre cabaret Le Chat Noir while he was a pianist there in the late s.
Extramusical commentary was becoming increasingly prominent in his keyboard works of the period, and in Sports he indulged this by writing a surrealistic prose poem on each theme; he then meticulously calligraphed these into his India ink scores, in black ink for the notes and words and red ink for the staves. There is no record that Satie had contact with Charles Martin or access to his illustrations while composing the suite.
The long-delayed publication of Sports led the artist to replace them with an updated set of illustrations after World War I. Satie delivered them to Vogel in groups of three as the work progressed, drawing part of his fee francs per piece each time.
Conscious of his spendthrift nature when he had money, he used this method to cover his immediate living expenses and save himself from the temptation of squandering his entire fee at once, which had happened in the past. Performance of the music alone lasts between 13 and 15 minutes. The drawing part is represented by strokes — strokes of wit; the musical part is depicted by dots — black dots.
No more should be read into it. I have put into it everything I know about Boredom. I dedicate this Chorale to those who do not like me. I withdraw. Choral inappetissant Unappetizing Chorale - Grave Seriously. More slowly. He used the chorale form - that "symbol of Protestant piety and music pedagogy"  much employed by Bach - in several compositions to thumb his nose at the academic, the stupid and conformist. The brief Choral inappetissant is built of sour, unsingable phrases that snub the whole purpose of the genre.
Beneath the date of the score May 15, Satie noted, "In the morning, on an empty stomach. What little feet it has. Will it be willing to return to my breast? La Chasse Hunting - Vif Fast. As for the hunter, he uses his rifle to shoot nuts out of the trees. He is mocked with a courtly, ornamented tune that quickly goes awry with displaced accompaniments and ambiguous harmonies.
Steven Moore Whiting wrote of this piece, "It is as if Satie had discovered in the same formula that Stravinsky would apply in Pulcinella six years later. In this boisterous aubade members of a wedding party arrive to rouse the newlywed bride from her marriage bed.
Music and text weave a sentimental little drama. With "trembling lips" he yearns for her to tag him. She heedlessly passes him by. A fish swims up, then another, then two more, accompanied by bitonal ascending flourishes. They casually observe a poor fisherman on the bank, then swim away.
The fisherman goes home as well, leaving only "The murmuring of the water in a riverbed. In half-notes, bass octaves. A stern ostinato in the lower reaches of the piano summons up a wind-blown sea as it tosses about members of a yachting party. A "pretty lady passenger" is not amused by the rough weather. Another Satie seascape, with rushing arpeggios demonstrating that the ocean is not always congenial to casual tourists.
Confetti rains down on a Carnival celebration. Costumed revelers pose and jostle one another, including a drunken Pierrot who is behaving obnoxiously. Satie answers with an ambivalent musical coda - similar to the ending of Colin-Maillard - and adds the playing direction "Hold back considerably.
In a sketch of a text related to Sports, Satie described golf as "a sport for mature men who have retired Old English colonels especially excel at it. A murky, dissonant piece. An octopus in its underwater cave teases a crab before swallowing it sideways. This gives the octopus severe indigestion.
It drinks a glass of salt water and feels better. Les Courses Racing - Un peu vif Somewhat fast. Steadily galloping rhythms whip us through eight verbal snapshots of a horse race from start to finish. A pleasant outing - to which "Everyone has brought very cold veal" - gets rained out by a storm. To the strains of an innocuous waltz theme a pair of pleasure-seekers prepare to go on a water slide. The more reluctant of the two is persuaded with dubious reassurances "You will feel as if you were falling off a scaffolding".
Following an expectant musical pause the ride itself is evoked with dizzying plunging scales. The squeamish one feels sick afterwards but is told, "That proves you needed to have some fun. He dances it to cool off. As a final joke the repeat signs at the beginning and end of the score indicate the piece is to be played ad infinitum , presenting a hellish eternity of musical monotony.
At under half a minute in performance the shortest piece in the set. An impetuous man tries to seduce an uninterested woman by telling her "nice things Another descriptive piece. As Bengal lights and other fireworks streak across the evening sky, "An old man goes crazy" among the spectators.
Ascending triplets bring the number to an explosive climax, followed by a desolate whimper. Satie mirthfully defined the result as a new sport, "Russian tennis", which he predicted would become "all the rage. The piece, and the suite, end on one word in English : "Game! Under ensuing military censorship many French periodicals, including La Gazette du Bon Ton, folded or were suspended.
He remained interested in the project, however, and as Maynial made no effort to produce the album Vogel repurchased the rights under his new company Les Editions Lucien Vogel et du Bon Ton in March These bibliophile volumes were not for sale but were reserved for the Librairie Maynial. It was republished by Salabert in It was reprinted in The composer had a specific musical sequence in mind in , which upon further reflection he changed for the public premiere.
Darius Milhaud called it "One of the most characteristic works of the modern French School,"  and in biographer Pierre-Daniel Templier proclaimed that the spirits of Satie and of French music were "prodigiously alive" in its pages.
Composer Charles Koechlin compared Sports to netsuke and pianist Alfred Cortot remarked on its haiku qualities. On a miniature range, perhaps; but is artistry a matter of dimensions?
Erik Satie. The pianist was E. Robert Schmitz. He argued: "The music can be played, but not the pictures or narratives.
How to do justice to all of this in a public recital? Translated from the original French edition published by Rieder, Paris, Originally published in by Denis Dobson Ltd. Davis, "Erik Satie", Reaktion Books, , pp. Caroline Potter ed. English translation by Todd Niquette. Author Blaise Cendrars recalled a experience helping the composer cash a large check in Paris and then trying to get him safely home with the money, while Satie insisted on stopping for meals, drinks, and to stock up on cigars and his favorite detachable collars of which he bought a gross.
Blaise Cendrars, interview on French Radio, July 3, Davis, "Erik Satie", Reaktion Books, , p. Myers nevertheless called the Choral inappetissant "an impressive fragment" and admired its "rugged strength and concentrated musical thinking.
See note See Bryars, "Satie and the British", pp. The numbers refer to the sequence chosen by Vogel, published in all editions and cited in this article. See Orledge, "Satie the Composer", p.
Sports et divertissements (Sports and diversions), pieces (21) for piano
La chasse ist ein Vierertakt in punktierten Vierteln als Puls. Ein traditionelles Modell der Entwicklung besteht darin, mit einem einfachen Motiv zu beginnen, wie etwa in Beethovens 5. Sinfonie, und es dann im Verlauf der Komposition immer komplexer zu variieren. Am Schluss wird die Musik wieder einfacher, denn das Ende soll klar und deutlich sein. In La chasse ist es genau umgekehrt. Die Anfangsphrase wird vereinfacht und wird in jedem Klangblock banaler. Im sechsten Block fehlt auch diese Variante.
Sports et divertissements (Satie, Erik)
Erik Satie In 1920s fashion – Sports et Divertissements