Download and Print Erik Satie Sheet Music / Scores

Eric Satie also known as Alfred Erik Leslie Satie - View Sheet Music for this Artist
  • a.k.a.: Alfred Erik Leslie Satie
  • French
  • 17th May 1866 - 1st July 1925
  • You may know him for: Trois Gymnopédies (featured in the film Chocolat) and Six Gnossiennes (featured in the film The Royal Tenenbaums)

Our Erik Satie Sheet Music is available below. We have 70 songs for Erik Satie Piano Sheet Music and for Clarinet and other instruments.

This includes 5 Duets.

Genre: Classical, Supplementary, Atmospheric & Modern, Romantic and Film & TV and More

The eccentric Eric Satie, French composer and pianist, began his short but interesting life in 1866 in Honfleur, near Normandy. Showing an early musical curiosity, Satie was playing piano by the age of seven, and writing music by twelve. Along with adolescence came a move to Paris to establish his own unique musical taste comprised of bold harmonies and freedom of form, thus distinguishing Satie as a man ahead of his time. He quickly became known for his eccentricities both in his personal life and musical explorations, prompting many people to outwardly question his ability to please the general public. However, Satie did not set out to please anyone, of any age or status, and satisfying the public's desires was never a concern for him.

Although Satie did not produce music for the common people, he became very popular with composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, who were extremely impressed with his new and fresh musical ideas. Furthermore they tried endlessly to promote his work, but to no avail. While struggling as a poor café pianist in Montmartre, Satie composed a number of pieces, most notably Gymnopédies 1, 2, 3 (1888) and Six Gnosssiennes (1889-93). After these well-received pieces, Satie produced a number of creations, but none received the audiences that these did. It was after the success of Six Gnossiennes, that Satie was involved with model, painter and trapeze artiste, Suzanne Valadon, in the only relationship he ever experienced.

The majority of Satie's compositions are comprised of three pieces with each piece representing three different viewpoints of a single musical concept. The cubist painters employed a similar approach in their art. Consequently, after World War I, Satie collaborated with Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso, leaders of the Cubist Movement, to produce a ballet, Parade (1917). This resulted in scandal, propelling Satie into fame and ultimately labelling him as a mastermind of the Neoclassicism movement. It is important to realise that however eccentric and erratic, Eric Satie was an industry pioneer of many important trends of 20th Century compositions, including, but not being limited to bitonality, polytonality, Jazz and non-triadic harmony.

Song TitleArrangementsImage