KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Selected Writings and Music of Erik Satie, 2 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Program Length
58 min
2 of 2
1968-08-25 | broadcast
| 402 | created
A program first broadcast in 1968 featuring Howard Hersh reading excerpts from the collected writings of French composer and pianist Erik Satie. The selections, which seem to be taken from assorted lectures, essays, and perhaps diary entries are both whimsical and enlightening. Subjects vary from his love for cabbage soup (only surpassed by his love of his mother); a schedule of activities; a list of his preferred diet (only white foods); comments on the education system of France; as well as the admission that he never married for a fear of being cuckold and the belief that no woman could understand him. In the second half of the program we hear Satie’s comments on critics and animals; ruminates on his heritage and lifestyle; as well as a description of the purpose of furniture music. Satie was known to be a bit of an eccentric and these brief insights from his own pen do nothing to disabuse the listener of that impression. The readings are interspersed with unidentified selection of piano music, also by Satie.
Classical music
20th century classical
Musical Selections
[selections of excerpted, unidentified piano music interspersed with readings from diaries, letters, etc...]
Howard Hersh, reader
19th century classical
20th century classical
Piano music
Composers -- France -- Correspondence
Music -- History and criticism
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Dengler, Anne
Satie, Erik, 1866-1925
Hersh, Howard