Nocturnes

Christopher Butterfield, Érik Satie

Nocturnes has been performed in Montréal…

To Mme. Marcelle Meyer, pianist; André Salomon, pianist; Mme. Jean Hugo (Valentine Gross), artist and designer; Mme. la Comtesse Etienne de Beaumont (Édith Marie Élisabeth de Taisne de Raymonval), patron; and Mme. Georges Cocteau (Eugénie Lecomte).

Erik Satie’s set of five published Nocturnes for piano (he had nearly completed a sixth, and intended to compose a seventh) were written in 1919, a year after his ‘symphonic drama’ Socrate, and a year before his Musique d’ameublement (‘Furniture Music’). Together with Socrate and the Premier Menuet of 1920, the Nocturnes are the only music Satie wrote in his later years that have no cabaret influence, indeed, are free of any of the humorous titles, expression markings, or musical drollery for which he is so famous. They are also notable in the way Satie worked and re-worked the harmonic basis for the pieces — one could almost say he developed a system. Like Socrate, the Nocturnes owe nothing to Romantic music. In arranging them for string quartet, I was at pains to resist imitating the resonance of the piano and using the published dynamic markings that create a more or less conventional musical narrative. My idea was to let the harmony be the narrative, trusting that withholding any conventional dynamic tendencies the music would gradually accumulate expressive power on its own terms.

Nocturnes

Concerts

29 Nove 2020
2:30 pm
Postponed: Saturday, March 27, 2021
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In person
Montréal (Québec)
1 Dece 2020
6:30 pm
Postponed: Saturday, March 27, 2021
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In person
Montréal (Québec)
27 Marc 2021
2:30 pm
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No audience
Montréal (Québec)
27 Marc 2021
2:30 pm
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Online event Live
Montréal (Québec)
28 Marc 2021
10 Apri 2021
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Online event