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Gymnopedie No 1

Elegant and slightly dark, the simplicity of Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No 1 is both light and touching. Here the Elf King dances to mourn the passing of summer and to celebrate the arrival of autumn. An almost meditative piece of music, the gentle notes and heart felt harmonies of Gymnopedies No 1 draw you outside of space and time to a place where you can feel the essence of things...

Éric Satie (French: [eʁik sati]; 1866–1925) was a French composer and pianist 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. Satie is one of the most famous Impressionist artists.

The “Gymnopaedia” were dances performed at festivals in Ancient Greece by naked young men and this has given rise to some contention over his intention. However It is probable that Satie did not even know the historical meaning of “Gymnopedies.” The word was in a musical dictionary he had at home, and the given definition therein was “An event at a greek festival wherein maidens danced in the nude.”We have very little historical evidence to actually understand what those festivals actually were about. This is the composer who later said that the sensuous and violent “Salommbo” inspired these quiet Gymnopedies, and who named other pieces “Pear Shaped” and “Desiccated Embryos.” Satie was an 'Absurdist' to the core, and I don’t think there’s too much to read in his titles. If anything, they were more to joke at the high-flung archaic-themed works of the German Romanticists he was musically rebelling against.

The Gymnopedie pieces are then delicate and understated in emotional terms, and implicitly a critique of the overstated and bombastic style of the romantics, especially in Germany with the likes of Wagner and the poetry of Goethe. In further contrast our Elf King is not a villain as portrayed in Goethe's Der Erlkönig or The Elf King, but rather a gentle guardian of the Forest and traveller between the realms of life and the beyond.

More about Satie and his music here
( http://celestialelfdanceoflife.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/gymnopedie-no-1.html)

As The Elf King - FreeSky Republic.
Filmed on Location at Gaia Rising co Enchantress Sao
( http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gaia%20Rising/71/37/26 )

Gymnopedie No. 1" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Filmed on Firestorm viewer - SecondLife,
with Frapps screen grab camera on Windows 7 Home Premium,
Edited with Seriff MoviePlus X3,
Conceived, Directed and Produced c.Celestial Elf 2015

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