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  Erik Satie
Country : France
Date of Born: : 17 May, 1866
City: : Honfleur
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Erik Satie (Honfleur, 17 May 1866 - Paris, 1 July 1925) was a French composer and pianist. Satie also introduced himself as a "gymnopedist" (in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies). He was a writer of articles for several periodicals, and referred to himself as a "phonometrograph"[1] or "phonometrician". Satie can be seen as a serial precursor, streets ahead of many 20th century avant-garde artistic ideas, see below. He is best known as Erik Satie (he exchanged, from his first composition in 1884, the 'c' at the end of his first name for a 'k'). Although in later life he prided himself on always publishing his work under his own name, there appears to have been a brief period in the late 1880s in which he published articles under the pseudonym ‘Virginie Lebeau’. The Gymnopédies are three piano compositions by Erik Satie, which were published in Paris from 1888 on. The word gymnopédie, refers to an Ancient Greek dance, the gymnopaedia. As the original gymnopaedia was danced in Sparta by naked boys, some see this as a not-so-subtle allusion to Satie's supposed homosexuality.

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