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- Bailey, Derek
- Improvisation: its nature and practice in music.
1980, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Moorland Publishing Co Ltd
- Busoni, Ferruccio
- Essence of music and other papers, The.
1987, New York, Dover Publications, Inc.
- Cage, John
1968, London, Calder & Boyars
- Cardew, Cornelius
- Stockhausen serves imperialism.
1974, Tiptree, Essex, The Anchor Press, Ltd
- Not a Satie book, this one, but of great interest
for anyone who is really getting into the whole Bristish experimental
scene. Cardew was the main driving force behind the (in)famous Scratch
Orchestra. He is the Cornelius referred to in the title of Howard
Skempton's delicious piano piece, Well, well, Cornelius.
- Clair, Réné (trans. Stanley Appelbaum)
- Cinema yesterday and today.
1972, New York, Dover Publications, Inc.
- Cocteau, Jean (trans. Rollo H. Myers)
- Cock and harlequin.
1921, London, The Egoist Press
- Collaer, Paul (trans. Jane Hohfeld Galante)
- Darius Milhaud.
1988, San Francisco, San Francisco Press, Inc.
- Cope, David H.
- New directions in music.
1984, Dubuque, Iowa, Wm C. Brown Company Publishers
- Du néoclassicisme musical dans la France du premier XXe siècle
1997, Paris, Klincksieck
- Ford, Andrew
- Composer to composer.
1993, St Leonards, N.S.W., Australia, Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd
- Gillmor, Alan M.
- Erik Satie.
1992, New York, W.W. Norton & Company
- A truly marvellous book on Satie: blending biography
and good, meaty musical analysis for a great all-round read
- Goldbeck, Frederick
- Twentieth century composers 4: France, Italy and Spain.
1974, London, George Weidenfeld and Nicolson Limited
- Griffiths, Paul
- Modern music: A concise history from Debussy to Boulez.
1992, London, Thames and Hudson
- Concise is indeed the word, but some bits on Satie
and the musical atmosphere in which he lived. Very good as a general
history of 20th century music, but doesn't come quite as up-to-date
as one would like, really.
- Howat, Roy
- Debussy in proportion: A musical analysis.
1983, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
- Everything you ever wanted to know about proportional
analysis and the music of Debussy
- IVAM Centre Julio González (introduction
by Juan Manuel Bonet, Director of IVAM; article by Ornella Volta)
- Erik Satie: Del Chat Noir a Dadá.
2 volumes. 1996, [Valencia?], Spain, IVAM Centre Julio González.
In Spanish, with English translation as appendix.
- Magnificent two-volume catalogue of an exhibition
devoted to Satie. Run by a visual arts centre in Spain, the items
included in the catalogue deal mainly with the visual aspect of
Satie's art (e.g. colour reproductions of the original score and
drawings for Spots et divertissements) and with his collaborations
and friendships with artists such as Picasso. The second volume
is a hard-cover 'envelope' containing reproductions of one of Satie's
notebooks, a letter to his brother (reproduced complete with envelope),
drawings, postcards and tickets. Not for the casual Satie-lover,
but for the obsessives (such as me!). A spectacular publication.
- Lambert, Constant
- Music ho! A study of music in decline.
1948, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, Penguin Books Ltd.
- A lovely book, with some very apt comments on
Satie's art. Despite some amusement in worthy circles (largely because
of the book's age), this is definitely worth a read.
- Machlis, Joseph
- Introduction to contemporary music.
1963, London, J.M. Dent & Son Ltd
- Mertens, Wim (trans. J. Hautekiet)
- American minimal music: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich,
1983, London, Kahn & Averill
- Messing, Scott
- Neoclassicism in music: From the genesis of the concept through
the Schoenberg/Stravinsky polemic.
1988, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.M.I. Research Press
- Monro, D.B.
- Modes of ancient Greek music, The.
1894, Oxford, The Clarendon Press
- National Gallery of Australia
- From Russia with Love: Costumes for the Ballets Russes 1909-1933.
1999, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia
- Catalogue for the NGA's exhibition of Ballets
Russes costumes, designs (sets and costumes) and other memorabilia
of the Ballets Russes, including photographs and programmes. Most
of the costumes are from the NGA's own collection, with contributions
from museums and archives from around the world. No Parade-specific
material, although it is mentioned in the articles a couple of times,
but a useful record of other productions by the Ballets Russes -
useful to place Parade in context.
- Nyman, Michael
- Experimental music.
1981, New York, Schirmer Books
- Fascinating book, dealing with what was 'experimental'
music at the time it was written. Plenty on the British and American
minimalists, John Cage, and a bit on Satie, too. 2nd edition now
- Orenstein, Arbie
- Ravel: Man and Musician.
1975, New York, Columbia University Press
- Orledge, Robert
- Satie the composer.
1990, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
- Indispensible. This book may not be for everyone,
but the depth of musical analysis (no straight biography here -
everything is in relation to the music) makes this worth going to
great trouble to read it. Well-written too. Unfortunately now out-of-print, so check out your local
uni library now!
- Orledge, Robert
- Satie remembered.
1995, London, Faber and Faber Limited
- Perloff, Nancy
- Art and the everyday: Popular entertainment and the circle of Erik
1991, Oxford, Clarendon Press
- Marvellously useful section on Parade.
- Poulenc, Francis
- Entretiens avec Claude Rostand.
1954, Paris, René Julliard
- Interviews with Poulenc, some sections of which
discuss the place of Satie in Poulenc's musical development. In
French, no translation known of.
- Reich, Steve
- Writings about music.
1974, Halifax, Canada, The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and
- Deals only with Reich's musical philosophies.
Nothing on Satie.
- Rey, Anne
1974 & 1995, np, Seuil
- Robertson, Alec (Ed.)
- Pelican history of music, The Vol. 1.
1982, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, Penguin Books Ltd
- Schaefer, John
- New sounds.
1990, London, Virgin Books
- Shead, Richard
- Music in the 1920s.
1976, London, Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.
- Simms, Bryan R.
- Music of the twentieth century: Style and structure.
1986, New York, Schirmer Books
- Rather heavy going. Strictly for those with a
fetish for structure. Nothing about Satie.
- Smith-Brindle, Reginald
- New music, The: The avant-garde since 1945.
1990, Oxford, Oxford University Press
- Stravinsky, Igor
- Autobiography, An.
1975, London, Calder & Boyars Ltd
- Strickland, Edward
- American composers: Dialogues on contemporary music.
1991, Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Press
- Fairly lengthy interviews with a number of American
composers, including the quartet of American minimalists, talking
about the origins of their respective styles.
- Templier, Pierre-Daniel (trans. Elena L. French &
David S. French)
- Erik Satie.
1969 (first published in 1932), Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.I.T. Press
- Velter, André (Ed.)
- Les Poètes du Chat Noir
1996, np, Gallimard
- Includes writings by Satie: Ce que je suis, La
journée du musicien, Les raisonnements d'un têtu. Also
preface ('Liberté fin de siècle' by André Velter),
articles on 'La fondation du Chat Noir' and Rodolphe Salis. Sections
on 65 'poets' including Rodolphe Salis, Aristide Bruant, Alphonse
Allais, Paul Verlaine, Stéphane Mallarmé, Vincent
Hyspa and Willy, as well as Satie.
- Volta, Ornella (trans. Simon Pleasance)
- Pocket Archives: Erik Satie.
1997, Paris, Éditions Hazan
- Mostly photographs and drawings of and by Satie,
but also includes a good overview of his life and work. Some very
interesting reproductions of related posters, score covers and the
like. If you're interested in the IVAM Centre's Erik
Satie: Del Chat Noir a Dadá but
can't get hold of it, this includes a fair amount of the same material,
albeit in a pocket-sized form.
- Watkins, Glenn
- Soundings: Music in the twentieth century.
1988, New York, Schirmer Books
- White, Eric Walter
- Stravinsky: The composer and his works.
1979, London, Faber and Faber Limited
- Satie the bohemian: From cabaret to concert hall.
1999, Oxford, Oxford University Press
- Whittall, Arnold
- Music since the First World War.
1988, London, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd