Old Favorites: Erik Satie – Gnossiennes No. 2

“Old Favorites” are songs that I’ve had for a long time that I still consistently listen to and enjoy despite their relative age. Not new and likely already well-known, “Old Favorites” are the songs that you share with new friends and the ones that make you balk when the old friends don’t know them.

Essentially a category of classics.

Erik Satie is a late 19th/early 20th century composer. His solo piano compositions, Gymnopedies, are his most well known works.

“Gnossiennes No. 2” is the first composition I heard from Satie and I was immediately taken aback by its simple, minimalist beauty. I couldn’t exactly describe what it was that I’m so attached to in this song, as there are other compositions by him that I like but they don’t come anywhere near Gnossiennes No. 2.

Apparently Satie’s compositions were originally considered children’s fair during his time because they were played fast, but only recently they’ve been looked back to and slowed down, giving them a calm, quiet edge.

This recording of Reinbert de Leeuw playing is notably very quiet, forcing you to turn up your speakers and really pay attention–so it’s the track’s fault and not mine.

Erik Satie | Gnossiennes No. 2 [download]

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