Erik Satie's Performance Indications

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Sad and more and more calm
Same assertiveness but more inward
Second helping
Seriously but without tears
Shake yourself
Silently, please
Sing seriously
Slow and grave
Slow and painful
Slow down good-naturedly
Slow down kindly
Slow down mentally
Slow down politely
So as to make a hollow
Sound surprised
Stay (half a second) right in front of you
Steady as she goes
Stir it up inside
Straight in front of you

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 06:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Take your hand off and put it in your pocket
Tell yourself about it
Tough as the devil
Try some more
Turn pale

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 06:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Under the pomegranites
Up on your fingers

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 06:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Very affectionate
Very boring
Very carefully
Very Christian
Very down to earth
Very far away
Very lost
Very much
Very nice
Very sheepish
Very shining
Very sincerely silent
Very sticky
Very suitable
Very Turkish
Very white
Visible for a moment

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 06:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Weep like a willow
White and immobile
Wholly and completely
With a broad view
With a full chest
With a healthy superiority
With amazement
With both hands
With camaraderie
With ceremony
With conviction and stern sadness
With delicate intimacy
With great goodness
With great seriousness and courteous gravity
With inane but appropriate naivety
Without batting an eyelid too much
Without getting annoyed
Without grandeur
Without hurrying
Without ostentation
Without pride
Without trembling too much
Without wickedness
Without your fingers blushing
With righteous anger
With sadness
With sadness and inevitability
With shy piety
With slowness
With tears in your fingers
With tenderness
With the flow
With the tips of your eyes and holding back in advance
With timid piety
With your body
With your bones dry and distant
With your hand above
With your hand on your conscience
With your head between your hands
With no shine

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 06:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

You see

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 06:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

have you read Ivan Brunetti's comic strip bio of Satie? It's in a recent collection of his, highly recommended. You can see a pic of the original art here:

but it's not for reading.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 23 April 2006 07:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's in Schizo 4.

Noise boarders should check out all back issues of Schizo, as they're completely hilarious.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 23 April 2006 07:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

can't make out a word of that but it looks great, especially the 'satie and the critics' part

Satie, of all of the collaborators, however, nearly was ruined by the fallout of Parade.  He came into conflict with one of many critics who had given it a bad review, Jean Poueigh.  Satie sent him several exceedingly nasty letters, such as the following:

Erik Satie to Monsieur Fuckface Poueigh
Famous Gourd and Composer for Nitwits
Fontainebleau, 5 June 1917…
…Lousy ass-hole, this is from where I shit on you with all my force…
…Erik Satie
Poueigh did not appreciate Satie’s correspondence and promptly filed a law suit for slander.  Satie lost and was sentenced to a week in prison, one hundred francs fine, and one thousand francs paid to Poueigh for damages.

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 07:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

fucking critics

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 07:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've got a couple books on satie that are good, one of which has a bunch of his drawings

i used to have the first 2 issues of schizo. that guy is the most head-up-his-own-ass self-pitying comic artist alive. kudos to him for securing that title, i guess.

nervous.gif (eman), Sunday, 23 April 2006 15:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

my grandfather looks like satie!

satie is great... his art songs are super fun to interpret/perform (esp the one about the mad hatter!)

tehresa (tehresa), Sunday, 23 April 2006 16:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 03:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'd buy that for a dollar

sanskrit, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 04:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

who was the mystery guest star???

Dominique, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 04:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

crosscheck against here?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 13:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

two dudes I've never heard of

sexyDancer, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

the best part of that clip is seeing how destroyed that guy appearing in "the brig" is...he seems like a nervous shut-in (harold smith?), but other than mentioning his off (off) broadway show, theres no mention that hes involved in what is often referred to as the most neurosis enducing "plays" of all time...

also: satie is just plain brilliant. and i do wonder what heppened to the webpage version of vexations...granted it was just a midifile set to repeat 840 times, but still..i wonder what the weird fckr would have thought of there any instances of satie talking about or considering automated musics? seems like something w. benjamin might have thought around

bb, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 17:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

heres a good chronicaling of various performances i came across after watching that ive got a secret clip last week

i assume the "special guests" were the nytimes critic

theinteresting point made by cage was around the effect that the successive playing had on destroying personal interpretive playing and the convergence around a "group" interpretation.

bb, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 17:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

theres no mention that hes involved in what is often referred to as the most neurosis enducing "plays" of all time...

I had to look The Brig up after reading this. Was it really as influential as it seems like it would have been based on the synopsis? It's interesting to watch the actor guy fall into what looks like a trance while listening, and it doesn't really look forced. I wonder how conditioned you'd be after listening to that piece for eighteen hours...

mh, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 19:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

alex ross thinks it's joshua rifkin

Joshua Rifkin (born April 22, 1944 in New York) is an American conductor, keyboard player, and musicologist. He is best known by the general public for having played a central role in the ragtime revival in the 1970s with the three albums he recorded of Scott Joplin's works for Nonesuch Records. The albums - which were presented as classical music recordings - were critically-acclaimed, commercially successful and led to other artists exploring the ragtime genre. Rifkin's work as a revivalist of Joplin's work immediately preceded the adaptation of Joplin's music by Marvin Hamlisch for the film The Sting (1973).

rifkin's joplin records are still my favorite joplin, he plays the guy like bach

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 19:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

xpost with bb's link that I just finished reading, sorrys

I've got three finder windows open playing alan marks' vexations, reinbert de leeuw's vexations & rifkin's joplin

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 19:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh man, 'solace' + 'vexations' was meant to be

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 19:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

hmm, ill have to hear some of this rifkin..

ill have to hop over to ubuweb to check myself, but i recall some of the "pianoless 'vexations'" from the sculpture center being fairly interesting, though flawed by not actually following the intructions. (but am listening to vancouver soundscapes right now).

as for "the brig". i've, understandably, only seen the mekas brother's film (shot durring the final performance, when the living theater and a handful of spectators snuck back into the shut down theater for a final, illegal, performance)and had a hard time getting through. it's classically artuad-ian and rather brutal in its reality. not being a big theater fan, i couldn't say how influential it really was, but anecdotes of the 60's avant garde speak powerfully of its impact with the downtown arts community..

bb, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 20:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

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