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Musique de la Rose + Croix / Pages Mystiques/ Uspud

Label: LTM

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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Musique de la Rose + Croix is a double disc set of solo piano music collecting Satie's enigmatic Rosicrucian pieces (1891-1894), together with an instrumental version of his ballet score Uspud (1892) and the meditative works collected as Pages Mystiques (1893).

For a short period Erik Satie was appointed official composer for the esoteric Ordre de la Rose-Croix Catholique du Temple et du Graal, founded in Paris by the flamboyant mystic 'Sar' Joséphin Péladan. The first Salon de la Rose-Croix was held in March 1892, at which Satie's solemn Trois Sonneries de la Rose + Croix were performed for the first time. Satie also composed music for Péladan's play Le Fils des Étoiles (Son of the Stars), as well as two preludes for a chivalric play, Le Nazaréen. Satie broke from the Order in August 1892.

Subsequent works by Satie in the same vein include his remarkable 'Christian ballet' Uspud (1892), described as 'sacred' music but intended to shock and ridicule the Parisian musical establishment, and the Pages Mystiques of 1893. The latter include his celebrated piece Vexations, the score for which is just three lines long, yet a complete performance (840 repetitions) may last for anything between 14 and 28 hours.

Satie's so-called 'Rosicrucian adventure' produced some of the composer's most enigmatic and extraordinary works, performed here by pianists Bojan Gorisek and Richard Cameron-Wolfe.

Details
Cat. number: LTMCD 2469
Year: 2014

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