erik satie: quatre gnossiennes pour guitare
I must confess, the idea of adapting Erik Satie\’s piano compositions for guitar initially did not appeal. His six Gnossiennes – inspired, it is said, by the great excavations on Knossos, Crete – composed between 1889 – 1897. The World Fair of 1889, unveiled in Paris, must have had a considerable impact also.
Satie was reputed to have been enthralled by the performance of a Romanian folk ensemble who entertained the brimming crowds with their lugubrious, melancholic repertoire and singular instrumental technique. In light of this, especially, it is intriguing to hear the faint spectre of gypsy folk dance in Laniau\’s interpretations for guitar.
\”It has been said that the word gnossienne refers to the antique Knossos and the crane dance that was performed outside the labyrinth where the Minotaur was held captive…\”
Just as intriguing, is the suggestion that the title for these six pieces derives from the Greek \”gnosis\” – knowledge – with inherent leanings towards esoteric religious practice: his \”first musical expression born out of Satie\’s collaboration with Péladan and his Rose et Croix sect.\”
design by ib, because I couldn\’t locate the original jacket.
The following adaptations for guitar can be found in their original totality on Ubu Web. Performed by Pierre Laniau from his \”Pièces pour Guitare\” released on EMI Classics in 1982.
▼ PIERRE LANIAU: QUATRE GNOSSIENNES #1 (LENT) from \”Pièces pour Guitare\” LP (EMI Classics) 1982 (France)
▼ PIERRE LANIAU: QUATRE GNOSSIENNES #2 (AVEC ETONNEMENT) from \”Pièces pour Guitare\” LP (EMI Classics) 1982 (France)
▼ PIERRE LANIAU: QUATRE GNOSSIENNES #3 (LENT) from \”Pièces pour Guitare\” LP (EMI Classics) 1982 (France)
▼ PIERRE LANIAU: QUATRE GNOSSIENNES #1 (LENT: SANS PRESSER) from \”Pièces pour Guitare\” LP (EMI Classics) 1982 (France)
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