the rigorous m

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quotes: the encounter of two masters

Posted by rigorousm on February 20, 2011

Hearing Satie’s music was as much an experience as playing, at least for listeners used to listening to the soothing harmonies of Romantic composers. Satie thought such masters as Wagner and Tchaikovsky pompous and sentimental, and their mellifluous symphonic forms outdated. To him harmonies were less important than patterns of music. He would isolate fragments of melody, many of them reminiscent of American jazz, and repeat them in monotonous rhythms. The effect was at once cerebral and childlike; Satie, in fact, once expressed an eagerness to figure out what kind of music a one-year-old would compose.

— Lael Wertenbaker – World of Picasso p 75

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