Gnossienne No. 1 - Eric Satie

Gnossienne No. 1 - Eric Satie


Gnossienne No. 1 by Eric Satie is one of three 'Gnossiennes' written by the enigmatic and somewhat eccentric French composer in the latter half of the 19th century. Although his Gymnopaedie are far more famous the three Gnossiennes also represent a significant measure of Satie's unique and revolutionary style.

My arrangement has complete fingering suggestions for both hands and video tutorial(s) to guide you through the piece from beginning to end.

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Satie, a contemporary of Hector Berlioz and Claude Debussy was known to be quite a strange fellow and his mysterious compositional style reflects his temperament and disembarkation from the compositional conventions of the period.

Here is my tutorial for this wonderful piece of music. Although the piece is quite mellow and fairly slow there are nonetheless several technical challenges involved. Execution of the acciaccaturas that decorate the piece and the intricate artificial harmonics is difficult to maintain.