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In performance it lasts around 14 minutes. Satie composed the Trois morceaux en forme de poire in Paris between August and Novemberduring a period of creative crisis.

He was unhappy earning a meager living writing cabaret music, and had abandoned his recent “serious” musical projects – the piano piece The Dreamy Fish and the orchestral tone poem The Angora Ox – as failures.

Legend has it the Trois morceaux was Satie’s tongue-in-cheek response to Debussy’s advice that he should “pay more attention to form” in his music. I brought them to Debussy, who asked, ‘Why such a title?

Simply, my dear friendbecause you cannot criticize my Pieces in the shape of a pear. If they are en forme de poire they cannot be shapeless.

These original two pieces were probably Morceaux I and II[11] and the work expanded outwards from there. Morceaux I is the only piece in the set consisting entirely of new music; the rest were largely recycled from older material. To the core group of Morceaux I-III Satie added two introductory and two concluding pieces, with headings that spoofed academic teaching of the kind he loathed during his studies at the Paris Conservatoire in the s.

The title Trois morceaux en forme de poire prefigures those of Satie’s humoristic piano suites of the s and reflects his fondness for puns and ironic ambiguity. The word “poire” was time-honored French slang for “head”, meaning “fool” or “simpleton”. Keyboard duets were a popular form of home music-making in the years before World War I, but as Satie made no immediate attempt to publish the Trois morceaux it is possible he chose this form simply because it provided him and Debussy with an opportunity to play together.


In a bizarre, self-aggrandizing text scribbled on the verso of the manuscript, Satie heralded the Trois morceaux as “a prestigious turning point in the History of My Life.

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Inat the age of 39, Satie humbly enrolled as a student at the Schola Cantorum ofrme Paris, where for the next seven years he studied counterpoint with Albert Roussel and orchestration with Vincent d’Indy. It was a move that profoundly influenced the rest of his career, giving him the technical foundation to develop his mature style. The Trois morceaux is an unorthodox retrospective of Satie’s early creative evolution.

Although the prevailing tone is that of melancholy, the work is tuneful, often lively, and apart from some occasional disruptive chords easy to listen fomre. These are seven separate pieces, musically unrelated to each other but given a semblance of formal cohesion by Satie’s less-than-serious headings. Steven Moore Poie noted that “The core pieces of the morceaux each present a distinctive synthesis of Satie’s various styles”, while the framing numbers are straightforward presentations of earlier material with little alteration of the originals.

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From there it served as a “musical calling card” for Satie’s entry into Parisian high society through performances at fashionable salons or private events. The occasion was disrupted by breaking news of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, [39] the act that precipitated the start of World War Iand for the time being nothing came of the idea.

But the “pear-shaped pieces” made the greatest impression on the audience, much to Satie’s chagrin.

What bullshitI venture to say! Author Jean Cocteauwho attended the Salle Huyghens event, thought otherwise. He had long nursed the idea of an avant-garde ballet project with stie fairground setting that he hoped would “astonish” Diaghilev, [43] and decided that the Trois morceauxwith its idiosyncratic use of popular song and dance idioms, was ideal for his purposes.

Let’s do something new, right?

The Trois morceaux became something of a warhorse sarie Satie and was one of his most frequently played works in Paris during his lifetime. It was a solo number starring Lydia Lopokova as a girl who dreams she falls in love with a doll. Satie and his favorite interpreter of the s, Marcelle Meyerplayed the piano during its handful of performances. For example, at Les Maisons Satie Satie Birthplace and Museum in HonfleurFrance, one of the exhibits is a large animatronic statue of a winged pear.


Choreographer Merce Cunningham created his ballet Septet to the score of the Trois morceaux. Artist Man Raya friend of Satie’s in the s, paid tribute to him with two colored lithographs entitled Erik Satie’s Pear Excerpts from the Trois morceaux were used in the soundtracks of the films Badlands and Hugo Aldo Ciccolini recorded it twice for EMI, overdubbing eb second piano part himself in and paired with Gabriel Tacchino in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Davis, “Erik Satie”, Reaktion Books,pp.

Morceaux (3) en forme de poire (3 pieces in the form of a pear), for piano, 4 hands or orchestra

Dictionary of World Biography”, Routledge,p. The italics are in Golschmann’s original.

The Complete Piano Music, Vol. This is one of only three Satie letters to Debussy that survive. Originally published in by Denis Dobson Ltd. Published in Ornella Volta ed. Concert programmesp. As Hanlon noted, there is no official premiere date for erio “Trois morceaux”. A note at the end of the printed program is very much in Satie’s more aggressive vein: It has sometimes been referred to as Satie’s first “biography” and includes the first important worklist of his compositions.

The two epithets emmerdante and connerie in the original French were italicized by Satie. List of compositions by Erik Satie Portal: Hrois from ” https: Compositions by Erik Satie 20th-century classical music compositions Duets.

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