From “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor” for Sunday, May 17, 2009,

Satie, Self Portrait

Satie, Self Portrait

It’s the birthday of composer > Erik Satie <, born in a seaport town in northern France (1866). He’s known for his eccentric piano pieces, with French titles that roughly translate into Flabby Preludes (for a Dog) (1912) and Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear (1903). His scores also contain instructions to the performers like “Light as an egg,” “With astonishment,” or “Work it out yourself.”

> Sample Satie’s Premiere Gymnopedie < here, from Musopen!

Click the link, then click the Download button to play the piece.