G. Henle Verlag

HN1075

Satie: Sonatine bureaucratique

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    • Composer: Erik Satie
    • Editor: Ulrich Krämer
    • Fingering: Pascal Rogé
    • Instrumentation: Piano
    • ISMN: 979-020181075-1
    • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    • Pages: 10
    • Urtext / Critical Edition

    Although Satie took the classical form as a model for his "Sonatine", it is quintessentially an ironic work. The composer, who later in life liked to be seen walking through the streets wearing a stiff collar and bowler hat, included lines of text between the staves that describe the day of a typical Parisian bureaucrat. The bureaucrat sits in a chair with green silk sleeve guards and dreams of being promoted. "Next door a piano is playing Clementi"… and at this point parodied echoes of Clementi's popular Sonatine op. 36/1 can actually be heard. Ulrich Krämer provides knowledgeable background information in the preface to this edition that will enable a better understanding of Satie's work.