Alfred Éric Leslie Satie (Honfleur, 17 May 1866–Paris, 1 July 1925) was a French , , and .

Over the years, Erik Satie was described as a precursor of movements and styles as varied as , , , , , , and music. As well as taking the first steps towards techniques such as and , Satie became one of the first musicians to perform a cameo appearance in a film, in 1924’s Entr’acte by the French filmmaker René Clair.

Satie appears to have been the to half of the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century. He was in contact with Tristan Tzara, the initiator of the Dada movement. He got to know the other Dadaists, such as Francis Picabia (later to become a Surrealist), André Derain, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Satie contributed to the Dadaist publication 391. In the first months of 1922, he was surprised to find himself entangled in the argument between Tzara and André Breton. Satie originally sided with Tzara, but managed to maintain friendly relations with most players in both camps.

Satie is today regarded as a key modernist composer. As well as influencing contemporaries such as Claude Debussy, who orchestrated two of Satie’s Gymnopédies, Maurice Ravel, and a group of composers known as the Les Six, his tendency towards simplicity and repetition continue to inform modern avant-garde genres.

Edited by Kapsaisiini on 28 Mar 2014, 05:18

Sources (view history)


All user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Text may also be available under the GNU Free Documentation License.


Generated from facts marked up in the wiki.

Formed in
  • 1866
Split in
  • 1925
Founded in
  • Paris

You're viewing version 31. View older versions, or discuss this wiki.

You can also view a list of all recent wiki changes.