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HN1181

Satie: Avant-dernières Pensées

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    1. Composer: Erik Satie
    2. Editor: Ulrich Krämer
    3. Fingering: Pascal Rogé
    4. Instrumentation: Piano
    5. ISMN: 979-020181181-9
    6. Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    7. Pages: 13
    8. Urtext / Critical Edition

    In a typically humorous manner Satie countered the myth of the great master's "last thought" with his "Next-to-last thoughts" (Avant-dernières Pensées). As was usual with his piano works from 1912 onwards, each of the three highly distinctive pieces with their sound sensitive piano settings contained a short whimsical story printed in the musical text as a subtext, which is more or less closely connected with the music. Satie dedicated his "Next-to-last thoughts" to prominent contemporaries: Claude Debussy (for no. 1 "Idylle"), with whom he was close friends, Paul Dukas (no. 2 "Aubade", in English "Dawn serenade"), whose music he greatly admired, and Albert Roussel (no. 3 "Méditation"), his former teacher of counterpoint at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.