Tune of the Day: Gymnopédie No. 1
The three Gymnopédies were composed during 1888, while Satie was working as a cabaret pianist in Paris.
Gymnopédie No. 1 is marked “Lent et douloureux” (slow and mournful). Its steady 3/4 meter music falls into two nearly identical halves, with an accompaniment that sets up a regular rhythm (short-long, short-long) in the first bars and then veers from that rhythm only at the very end of each half. Atop this gently swaying background is a melody of the most peculiarly expressive kind; its quarter notes are translucent, its longer notes somehow hollow at their center.
Thanks to Maria for suggesting this piece!