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It's okay. The common assessment of Satie's work: that it matters more for what it suggested than what it accomplished-- is boring and pussyfooting. Myers does single out certain works as definite Masterworks (Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes, Parade, Socrate) which I agree with, but the list is small. This is a book of old criticism, so it doesn't deal with something I consider important about Satie; he was one of the first composers that dispensed with the 'masterpiece', 'opus' idea entirely. An impor ...more
Another dim memory from my youth. Whether this bk really 'deserves' a 4 star rating I can't say. I give it one b/c it was the 1st bio I read re Satie (other than, perhaps, the one contained in "The Banquet Years"). Given that I love Satie's music & that his life interests me, it's no surprise I give this bk a good rating.