According to The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
, Erik Satie was a French composer; for a time worked as café pianist, etc., and at 39 became a pupil of Albert Roussel
and d'Indy. Influenced younger composers towards a cool, clear style and away from the lushness sometimes associated with impressionism. His piano solos and duets mostly have eccentric titles, e.g. "3 Pear-Shaped Pieces"; several of these were orchestrated by Francis Poulenc
and others. Wrote also ballets, including "Relâche" (the word displayed by French theatres when they are closed), operettas, Mass (Messe des pauvres
, symphonic drama "Socrates".
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