Friday, April 1, 2011

The True Musician According to Erik Satie

Erik Saite ( 1867-1925) is a french composer pianist who is also considered as an avant-garde composer along with John Cage.  His composition titles were odd and his bizarre intelligence were seen from his experimental compositions,writings, and drawings.  Even his lifestyle was an outsider and not from the public eye.

The True Musician according to Satie :
He grows in wisdom…He is brilliant…He learns to do without

and is prepared to make great sacrifices…enormous sacrifices…

if I may say…His energy is tremendous…

In other words he is prepared for the struggle…and with honesty he shall fight it…

The performance of an Art demands complete self-denial…

…It was not meant as a joke what I just said…about sacrifices…

The Music makes heavy demands upon those who want to

devote themselves in it…This is what I have wanted you to call your attention to…

A true musician must subordinate himself his Art; …he must place himself above human suffering; …

he must draw courage from within…and only from within.