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Erik Satie
(1866-1925) born on
May 17
French composer. He is remembered for his avant-garde works for the piano, e.g., "Socrate," 1918 and for influencing Debussy and Ravel.
         
   
F
When I was young, I was told: 'You'll see, when you're fifty. I am fifty and I haven't seen a thing.

R
Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself.
A
The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry.
N
Opera is a musical scenery, a musical atmosphere in which the characters move and talk.
K
Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Erik Satie," by Pierre-Daniel Templier, ch. 1.
R: "Bulletin des Editions Musicales," Dec 1913.
A: In "Erik Satie," by Pierre-Daniel Templier.
N: In "The New Webster's Dictionary of Quotations and Famous Phrases," by Donald Bolander, 1987.
K: In "1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said," ed. Robert Byrne, 1988.
   


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