Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1

The Gnossiennes are several piano compositions written by the French composer Erik Satie (born Éric Alfred Leslie Satie; 17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925; he signed his name Erik Satie after 1884 in the late 19th century). Satie composed Gnossienne No.1 in 1890, and dedicated it to Alexis Roland-Manuel (22 March 1891 – 1 November 1966), the French composer and critic, in 1913.

Being an eccentric, Satie composed this Gnossienne with no time signature and no bar markings.

Daniel Varsano version

Daniel Varsano (Casablanca, 7 April 1953; Paris, 9 March 1988) was a French pianist. He recorded Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 in 1971.

Erik Satie – Gnossienne No. 1 (Daniel Varsano)

Reinbert de Leeuw version

Reinbert de Leeuw (born Amsterdam, 8 September 1938) is a Dutch conductor, pianist and composer.

His version is really, really slow. Some critics say this is the most accurate version.

Gnossienne No. 1 Erik Satie by Reinbert de Leeuw

Tzvi Erez version

Tzvi Erez (b: 1968) is an Israeli pianist. He received international recognition when he recorded and released his “Beethoven Piano Works” (2000) and “Tzvi Erez plays Chopin” (2003) under the Niv Classical record label. Since then, he has been regarded as a leading interpreter of classical music, particularly in the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. His interpretations and technique have become a point of reference to millions of music audiences around the world.

Erik Satie Gnossienne No. 1 by Tzvi Erez

Alessio Nanni version

Alessio Nanni is an Italian classical pianist and composer. Studio recording at White Noise Factory, November 23rd, 2009. Piano: Steinway & Sons.

Erik Satie Gnossienne 1 performed by the Steinway Artist Alessio Nanni, piano, Italy.
Erik Satie is one of the most genius in the music history.
Satie’s coining of the word “gnossienne” was one of the rare occasions when a composer used a new term to indicate a new “type” of composition. Satie had and would use many novel names for his compositions (“vexations”, “croquis et agaceries” and so on). “Ogive,” for example, had been the name of an architectural element until Satie used it as the name for a composition, the Ogives. “Gnossienne,” however, was a word that did not exist before Satie used it as a title for a composition. The word appears to be derived from “gnosis”; Satie was involved in gnostic sects and movements at the time that he began to compose the Gnossiennes.[citation needed] However, some published versions claim[citation needed] that the word derives from Cretan “knossos” or “gnossus” and link the Gnossiennes no 1 to Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur myth.
Studio recording at ©WHITE NOISE FACTORY.
Piano: Steinway & Sons.
November 23rd, 2009.
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