Erik Satie's musique d'ameublement and Max Jacob's Ruffian toujours, truand jamais

Potter, Caroline (2015) Erik Satie's musique d'ameublement and Max Jacob's Ruffian toujours, truand jamais. Revue de musicologie, 101(2), pp. 345-366. ISSN (print) 0035-1601

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Abstract

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 cafes, 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. Drawing on little-known sources, this article examines the concept and meaning of Satie's furniture music. It 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 Departement des Manuscrits of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and which is discussed here for the first time.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Music
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Performance and Screen Studies
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Depositing User: Caroline Potter
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2015 14:43
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 02:05
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/33420

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