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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicClassical · 2 months ago

Hardest piano piece by Erik Satie?

I'm wondering what could be the hardest pieces Satie wrote. Any ideas?

1 Answer

  • 2 months ago

    Vexations. The score is hard to read, difficult to interpret and vague. There is also an instruction to play the "tres lent" (very slow) score 840 times, meaning a true performance lasts many hours - the first lasted more than 18 hours, the longest at about 35.

    It is so absurd that there is a debate as to whether Satie actually even intended it to be performed - he certainly made no effort to have it published. It may have simply been a musical statement or even a philosophical idea.

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