Sheet Music: Gnossienne No. 6

TitleGnossienne No. 6
from Gnossiennes
ComposerErik Satie (1866–1925)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyC major
Time signature4/4
Tempo66 BPM
Performance time1:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2020-10-29
Last updated2020-10-29
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Wednesday 4 November 2020

Tune of the Day: Gnossienne No. 6

by Erik Satie, arranged for flute and piano

Composed in 1897, Erik Satie's Gnossienne No. 6 for solo piano was only published in 1968. Like Gnossiennes Nos. 4 and 5, the piece was never called a “Gnossienne” by the composer himself, but was arranged and published as such by Robert Caby long after Satie's death.

The original edition calls for a tempo of 66 BPM (also confirmed by the indication that the total duration of the piece should be 1'20"), but many pianists prefer to play this Gnossienne at a much slower tempo.

Like the three original Gnossiennes, this piece contains a few unusual indications: “Avec conviction et avec une tristesse rigoureuse” (“with conviction and with a rigorous sadness”), “Dans une saine supériorité” (“in a healthy superiority”), “Hâve de corps” (“gaunt of body”), “savamment” (“skilfully”).

Thanks to Paul Merkus for contributing this arrangement for flute and piano!

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Gnossienne No. 1 Flute & Piano
2.Gnossienne No. 2 Flute & Piano
3.Gnossienne No. 3 Flute & Piano
4.Gnossienne No. 4 Flute & Piano
5.Gnossienne No. 5 Flute & Piano
6.Gnossienne No. 6 Flute & Piano