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Erik Satie

Erik Satie (arr. Jerry Brubaker)

Subtitle: Gymnopédie No. 3

General Info

Year: 1888 / 2015
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $67.00; (digital) - $67.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Cowbell
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece displays the haunting quality of the very familiar and appealing melody while the intriguing harmonies are atmospheric and ethereal. Beautiful as a concert piece, it also lends itself to choreography for modern dance or ballet to enhance the performance.

- Program Note from publisher

The Gymnopédies, published in Paris in 1888, are three piano compositions written by French composer and pianist Erik Satie. The name refers to an ancient Greek festival and dance. This piece has a haunting quality to its very familiar melody. The harmonies are atmospheric and ethereal. It is easy to imagine the ancient Greek dancers on stage moving stealthily and fluidly to the interesting harmony and haunting melodies.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) – 24 October 2018

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