Sheet Music: Gymnopédie No. 3

TitleGymnopédie No. 3
from Trois Gymnopédies
ComposerErik Satie (1866–1925)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyA minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time2:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-03-29
Last updated2010-03-29
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Monday 29 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Gymnopédie No. 3

from “Trois Gymnopédies” by Erik Satie

Satie's Gymnopédies are what many consider to be the groundwork for today's ambient music, a kind of music that should be as ignorable as it is interesting. The three pieces, originally composed for solo piano, are calming, reflective, ethereal, relaxing, soothing, and elegant.

The third of the Gymnopédies, marked “Lent et grave” (“Slow and solemn”), has achieved further fame as an orchestral work, having been orchestrated, along with the first, by Claude Debussy. It is in the Gymnopédies that Satie first revealed the unique and unusual style that would make him famous (or infamous) in European musical circles: simple but occasionally unexpected chords, a straightforward melody and nothing else.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Gymnopédie No. 1 Flute & Piano
2.Gymnopédie No. 2 Flute & Piano
3.Gymnopédie No. 3 Flute & Piano