The Guitar Hidden in the Music of Érik Satie
Érik Satie is a Janusian, paradoxical figure. On the one hand, his music is a dazzling look at a bygone era, nostalgic for an oft fantasized time, with its almost childlike sincerity and curiosity. On the other, it offers a piercing glance, radically turned towards the future, disrupting conformity with its clear, stripped-down lines.
His music does not seek to create a world within a world. Instead, it infiltrates each listener and alters their perception of reality. It is never subliminal. It is like social commentary: sometimes absurd or ironic, at other times tender or hypnotic.