Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Aldo Ciccolini, a pianist who...

..."specialized in the music of French composers and was known in particular as a champion of Erik Satie," died at age 89.

I had never heard of Mr. Ciccolini, but I've heard Gymnopédie No. 1 many times, as I'm sure you have as well (my emphasis):

Through his recordings and live performances, Mr. Ciccolini was credited with bringing the work of Satie (1866-1925) to wide public attention. (In 1979, for instance, he played a program of Satie at the Bottom Line, the Greenwich Village cabaret.) Satie’s music, known for a hypnotic aural pointillism that prefigured minimalism, is today ubiquitous on film and television soundtracks.

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