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Enfantillages pittoresques (Satie, Erik)

Compositions by Erik Satie 20th-century classical music Compositions for solo piano compositions. It covers a wider keyboard range, including the black keys.

The Enfantines are three sets of beginner piano pieces by Erik Satie”written with the aim of preparing children for the sound patterns of modern music.

Satie hoped to have children learn without knowing they were doing so. Dated October 22,and dedicated to Madame Leon Verveuil.

First we are offered a sketch of the jolly King of Beans and his brave horse, who likes dancing, war and bullets. In a lecture he referred to his Premier Menuet as “written when I was still quite young – 54 years old.

The third story is a dialogue between a mother and her young son. There is greater rhythmic variety in the Enfantillages pittoresques while the Peccadilles importunes have more dissonant harmonies and varied tempi.

Go for a good walk”[13] while in the Berceuse little Pierrot is tucked in for the night by his mother. Autour des Nocturnes” posted on The Frogweb April 18, He avoids didacticism in order to give his young pupils “the freedom to engage in the music through play He typically followed it with a whimsical joke: This later manifested itself in his support of the budding composers who made up Les Six sqtie the “Arcueil School”.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He is so fond of the staircase he wants to have it stuffed.

Many of Satie’s contemporaries spoke of his essentially childlike nature. As with his humoristic piano suites of the periodSatie’s eccentric wit is evident in the titles and playful narratives appended to the Enfantines. Volta suggested that the unique name “Ko-Quo” may be a childish pronunciation of “Que quoi?

Retrieved from ” https: The pieces are marked Andante moderately slowLentand Un peu vif a little lively. The king himself leaves his room by jumping out the window.

Menus propos enfantins serves as a sort of introduction.

Satie’s texts for movements 1 and 2 deal with imaginary royalty. In the Marche a king has built a step ivory staircase so beautiful that people are afraid to use it. Indeed, these pieces were designed — visually, musically, textually, and physically — with the delight of the child in mind. Views Read Edit Satif history.

The “greedy” boy thinks he finds a bone in his chocolate “No, my little one, it’s an almond” and throws a tantrum when he’s not datie to eat the whole box.


Two additional sets were published posthumously.

Enfantines – Wikipedia

Translated from the original French edition published by Rieder, Paris, Each set is built on a different five-finger scale, using only the white keys of the piano. Brush your hair well These pieces were composed in early October The Little Tulip Princess speaks softly because her doll has a headache, having fallen from the third floor “The doctor says it’s nothing”. He was something else: For this set Satie’s texts assume a faux-moralizing tone, with admonitions such as “Those who are jealous are unhappy,” “The Good Lord will be angry if he sees this,” and “Never do this unless someone tells you to.

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