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Erik Alfred Leslie Satie (Composer)

Born: 17th May 1866, Honfleur, France

Died: 1st July 1925, Arcueil, France

Nationality: French

Eric Alfred Leslie Satie who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. He was the son of a French father and a British mother. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire but was an undistinguished student and obtained no diploma. In the 1880s he worked as a pianist in café-cabaret in Montmartre, Paris, and began composing works, mostly for solo piano, such as his Gymnopédies. He also wrote music for a Rosicrucian sect to which he was briefly attached.

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