Strange Mr. Satie

Strange Mr. Satie

Book - 2003
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In Paris, at the turn of the twentieth century, when artists were experimenting with new ways of seeing things, Erik Satie had something new to say about music. Most people didn't understand his pieces; critics called his music surreal. But Erik Satie didn't care. He wanted to make music that followed no rules but its own. Satie's life was strange and wonderful, frenetic and lonely all at the same time. He was friends with Picasso, and with wizards and puppeteers; he scraped himself with a stone instead of bathing, and he once threw his acrobat girlfriend out a window. Now award-winning author M. T. Anderson tells the story of the irreverent French composer in a biography that is witty, accessible, and endlessly surprising, while Petra Mathers' fanciful illustrations capture all the vibrancy that was Erik Satie's topsy-turvy world.

Illustrations by Petra Mathers.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003.
ISBN: 9780670036370
Branch Call Number: j B SATIE E
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mathers, Petra


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quagga Nov 02, 2009

Children may want to hear some of Satie's music after reading this biography. Anderson recommends starting with one of his most famous piano pieces, the Gymnopedies. Grade 1 - 6.


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