22/12/2011 § Leave a Comment
Erik Satie‘s Gymnopédies are among my favorite pieces of music.
Perfect for cold and quiet winter days.
Even if New York is rather unseasonably warm, as of late.
“These short, atmospheric pieces are written in 3/4 time, with each sharing a common theme and structure. Collectively, the Gymnopédies are regarded as the precursors to modern ambient music — gentle yet somewhat eccentric pieces which, when composed, defied the classical tradition.“
Celebrated Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini playing Gymnopédie No. 1 in 1956…
…and at his 85th birthday concert in 2010.
If you are new to Ciccolini and Satie, this album is great.