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Gnoissenne No. 1 – Erik Satie

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The term ‘Gnoissenne’ is one of Satie’s own creations. There are competing theories as to whether the term refers to Gnostic theology or a dance of ancient Knossos. The piece definitely has a dance feel, with a strong rhythmic pattern in the left hand throughout. Personally, I don’t see any reason why it couldn’t be both.

Erik Satie – Gnossiene Number One

Satie published this piece in 1893. Sheet music is available from IMSLP:

Recorded with Zoom H1 Handy Recorder.