What if Satie wrote a 4th Gymnopédie?

When I heard the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat and Tear’s arrangement of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie #1, it started a long love affair of listening to and playing the beautiful music of this eccentric French composer. A few years ago I was sight-reading through an anthology of his piano music. When I reached the “Trois Gymnopédies”, I played them over and over. After awhile I started improvising in the slow, doleful, 3/4 format of these pieces, and I got into a zone which felt like maybe I was channeling Satie’s spirit. My extemporization eventually took shape, and I created a completely new piece, very similar to Satie’s 3 Gymnopédies. I hope he would approve of my creation, which I call “Gymnopédie #4”.

The track is available on CDBaby and iTunes, or you can listen via YouTube below. If you are not familiar with the music of Satie, check it out!

About Timothy Reed

Timothy Reed is a composer, pianist, singer, actor, writer, and piano and voice teacher. In 2010, he released a CD entitled “Euphoric Owls”, which alternates between solo piano and piano with what he calls “ethereal voices”. Imagine George Winston meets Schubert and Chopin, often with soaring vocals, with Tim and the amazing Brown Sisters.

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