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Presentation on Erik Satie's furniture music and a newly discovered Max Jacob play

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Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Venue: Room JG1008, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free
Speaker(s): Dr Caroline Potter

Presentation on Erik Satie's furniture music and a newly discovered Max Jacob play

Erik Satie's concept of musique d'ameublement (furniture or furnishing music) ensures that he is viewed as a precursor of minimalism, muzak, and many other 20th-century musical genres. The concept can be traced back to his early career as a pianist in Montmartre cafés, where he accompanied singers and shadow plays. Music as a backdrop to another art form is central to Satie's aesthetic, and he developed musique d'ameublement in the interart ferment that was Montparnasse during World War I.

This presentation explores the origins of Satie's furniture music and focuses on the music he wrote as entr'actes to Max Jacob's play Ruffian toujours, truand jamais (1920), a play which has recently come to light in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

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Contact: Claire Hayward
Email: C.Hayward@kingston.ac.uk

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