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Allegro

Erik Satie's very first work, composed in the happy atmosphere of his home town, Honfleur, on 9 September 1884, while on holiday with his grandfather, far from the hated National Music Conservatoire. It is distinguished, of the refrain of the famous Norman romance Ma Normandie, a quotation that bears witness to Satie's interest in popular music from the start of his composing career, and which also in an astounding way foreshadows the choice of a ready made, which Dada was to make fashionable many years later.

Ornella Volta, May 1995

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Autograph manuscript at the Biblioteque Nationale de France Music Department, Fonds Erik Satie, MS 10050(2).