Erik Satie

About Erik Satie's Gymnopedies

The Three Gymnopedies are no doubt the most famous of Satie’ works. The beautiful orchestrations by Debussy of the first and third pieces have of course also boosted their popularity. They followed closely on the heels of the Sarabandes of 1887, which, Satie and his apologists insisted, marked a turning point in the history of French music: the musical life of Paris was dominated by Wagnerian music drama at the time. The three pieces essentially explore a single idea; like the Sarabandes, they are one piece written three times, with subtle variations, as if viewed from a slightly different perspective each time.
The repetition and juxtaposition of melodic elements, together with the static harmonic language, lend the work its characteristic dreamy quality.

Preview TitleKey Year Level
Gymnopedie 1   in D Major by Satie piano sheet music AAB Gymnopedie 1 7 D Major 1888 5
Gymnopedie 2   in C Major by Satie piano sheet music AAC Gymnopedie 2 1 C Major 1888 5
Gymnopedie 3   in A Minor by Satie piano sheet music AAD Gymnopedie 3 30 A Minor 1888 5

Forum posts about the Gymnopedies by Erik Satie

Re: Grade 3-4 impressionist repertoire by lelle
The only thing that comes to mind is Saties 3 Gymnopedies. I think most impressionist music is a bit more tricky to play?...

What level is Vivaldi variation? by ganja_gandhi69
Could anyone tell me how difficult this piece is? I've just learned how to play this after 3 mon...

Beginners repertoire by klavieronin
I'm thinking of putting together an edition beginner's repertoire, complete with recordings, to use in my own studio. I have a few...

PS / Henle - enormous differences in difficulty ratings by kalospiano
I was trying to make a list of the future pieces I want to study, in order from the easiest to the hardest and I noticed a huge difference o...

Am I a fast learner? by chupaadino
Dear people from Pianostreet, It's been four/three months since I started playing piano for the first time so it's time to reflec...

I'll admit it.... by abel2
I lose all interest in people if they say they like any of the Satie Gymnopedies. They're such stupid pieces of music. They're not...