Happy Birthday, Erik
It’s a little early, but what the heck . . .
17 May 1866–1 July 1925
Ever since the age of ten, when I first learned to play his “Gymnopedies,” Erik Satie’s music has been a part of my life. To commemorate this year’s anniversary of Erik’s birth, I offer “The Memory of Monsieur Satie,” Part IV of a piano suite I wrote for Pulitzer nominee Cyrus Cassells in 1984.