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Satie, 'A Young Composer in an Old Time'

On October 31, James Levine conducts the MET Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Pierre Boulez's sur Incises and Satie's Socrate.

Composed in 1918, Socrate received its first Carnegie Hall performance in Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Recital Hall) on April 6, 1977, with Martha Herr-Hanneman, soprano, and Nils Vigeland, piano.

Satie was very conscious of the fact that he was pursuing an aesthetic very different from the style of his contemporaries. He called Socrate "a return to classical simplicity with a modern sensibility," and said that he himself was "a young composer in an old time."

Excerpt from Satie’s Socrates
Music Projects London, Richard Bernas, Conductor, Susan Bickley, Soprano
LTM Recordings.

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