KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ The Life and Music of Erik Satie

Analog Audio

Event Type
Program Length
67 min
1968-01-26 | broadcast
| 1968-01-26 | created
This documentary was originally heard as part four of a month long series on the life and music of Erik Satie. It describes the early life of Satie and his subsequent career in Paris during the last part of the 19th century. Three people read from articles and letters by and about the composer, while unidentified excerpts of Satie’s music are intersperced throughout the program including what may be a live performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations from the KPFA Studio on Jan. 26, 1968, by three pianists. The score for Vexations is contained on a single page of music which the musicians are instructed to repeat some 840 times. A complete performance would last approximately 14 hours. The American premiere was given in New York under the direction of John Cage and David Tudor.
Classical music
Musical Selections
[excerpts of unidentified orchestral and piano music]
19th century classical
Piano music
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Satie, Erik, 1866-1925