Sunday, December 18, 2016
As we approach the Solstice, our Sunday Music is Satie’s Nocturnes, a set of five pieces composed in 1919; the first three were published in 1919, while numbers 4 & 5 were published in 1920. Satie conceived the set as consisting of seven pieces, & a sixth was found virtually complete in his papers & published by musicologist Robert Orledge in 1994. Speculative versions of the 7th Nocturne have been created based on a 12-bar sketch in Satie’s notebooks.
The performer in today’s recording is Pascal Rogé. For more about Satie’s Nocturnes, please see the Wikipedia entry.
Image links to its source on Wiki Commons:A 1920 advertisement for Satie's Nocturnes, including the projected No. 6 which Satie never completed or published.