"Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself."
Satie the Bohemian : From Cabaret to Concert Hall
(Steven Moore Whiting)
The composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) came of age in the bohemian sub-culture of Montmartre, with its artists' cabarets and cafes-concerts. These colorful milieux decisively shaped his aesthetic priorities and compositional strategies, from the esoteric Gymnopedies of the 1880s to the avant-garde ballets of the 1920s. Moore Whiting makes this radical transvaluation of received artistic values more understandable by placing it in the full context of bohemian Montmartre.