Erik Satie - Vexations (Excerpt I)
“Out of contempt for tradition, out of loyalty to the absurd, Erik Satie filled his scores with unperformable commands. ’Arm yourself with clairvoyance,’ he would write; ‘open your head’; ‘be visible for a moment.’
He outdid himself in the short piano piece entitled Vexations, writing at the top of the page: ‘In order to play this motif 840 times, one would have to prepare oneself in advance, and in the utmost silence, through serious immobilities.’
It was left to John Cage to take Satie at his word and organize a 19-hour performance of Vexations in which the piece was actually heard 840 times in a row.
Complete performances of Vexations have now become something of a tradition. One pianist has even attempted the feat solo; he stopped after fifteen hours, experiencing intense hallucinations.
…I arrived at 11 A.M. and stayed through till 4 the next morning, with periodic breaks and one extended crisis of confidence around midnight. Toward the end, my brain seemed to go completely blank. Epiphany came only during an escape outside onto West Broadway: suddenly, after the insanity of unstoppable pianism within, the night sounds of the city were pure music.”
Read the article on Satie’s Vexations in its entirety here.
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