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From the album Satie: Piano Music by Pascal Rogé. This beautiful 27-minute nature film features Satie’s Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes — sublime music paired with the sublime images. Remarkable! Find the album at

ABOUT THE MUSIC: The Gymnopédies, published in Paris starting in 1888, are three piano compositions written by French composer and pianist Erik Satie. The Gnossiennes are six piano compositions written by Satie in the late 19th century.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER: Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (1866–1925) was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. In addition to his body of music, Satie also left a remarkable set of writings, contributing work to a range of publications, from the dadaist 391 to the American culture chronicle Vanity Fair. (SOURCE:

ABOUT THE PIANIST: Pascal Rogé made his first public appearance in 1960, performing Claude Debussy’s Préludes. He won the piano prize at the Paris Conservatory and at seventeen gave his first recitals in major European cities, landing a recording contract with Decca. He has a particular affinity for French composers such as Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, and Francis Poulenc. He gives recitals worldwide in all major cities. Visit him at


Excerpt from a 1958 interview George Plimpton conducted with Ernest Hemingway, published in The Paris Review.

Interviewer: Who would you say are your literary forebears, those you have learned the most from?

Hemingway: Mark Twain, Flaubert, Stendhal, Bach, Turgeniev, Tolstoi, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Andrew Marvell, John Donne, Maupassant, the good Kipling, Thoreau, Captain Marryat, Shakespeare, Mozart, Quevedo, Dante, Virgil, Tintoretto…Goya, Giotto, Cezanne, Van Gogh…I put in painters, because I learn as much from painters about how to write as from writers…I should think what one learns from composers and from the study of harmony and counterpoint would be obvious.

Photo: Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.