Alexandre Séon, The Lament of Orpheus (Lamentation d’Orphée), ca. 1896. Musée d’Orsay, Paris
December 1, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Venice, Teatro La Fenice, Sale Apollinee |
Booking required. Seats are limited.
2 Chords of the Rose+Croix … as a Revelation (with Première Pensée Rose+Croix)
Erik Satie, Sonneries de la Rose+Croix
Air de l'ordre; Air du grand maître; Air du grand prieur
Le Fils des étoiles (Wagnérie Kaldéenne du Sar Péladan)
1. La Vocation, La nuit de Kaldée;
2. L'Initiation, La salle basse du Grand Temple;3. L'Incantation, La terrasse du palais du patesi GOUDÉA
In a melding of the arts that Richard Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk directly inspired, Péladan’s geste esthétique extended to all artistic disciplines, especially music, which was pivotal for Symbolist theory. The Salon was the locus for concerts and theatrical presentations. Noteworthy among the musical figures involved in 1892 was the first Salon’s official composer, Erik Satie, who, also interested in esoteric religion, composed experimental works for Péladan. These included Sonneries de la Rose + Croix for the Salon’s opening.
Over the course of Satie’s term as the Salon’s official composer, his relationship with Péladan became increasingly acrimonious. Sometime around early 1893, Satie wrote a new piece, entitled Vexations, as a parting gesture to the Salon de la Rose+Croix. Satie never performed Vexations. The piece remained more or less lost, an obscure manuscript in a private collection, until it was uncovered in 1948 by John Cage, who saw to its publication the following year and staged its first public performance in New York in 1963. The ensemble of pianists included Cage and, among others, Philip Corner.
In 2013 Corner recorded Satie Slowly, a 2 CD set of patient interpretations that take Satie’s indication “lent” seriously. For his concert, Corner performs 2 chords of the Rose+Cross by Satie…as a revelation, a piano piece that incorporates a Hörspiel recorded by Corner in 1990 and based on the chords of Satie’s Première Pensée Rose+Croix.
Philip Corner (b. 1933, New York) is a composer, performer, and visual artist. He studied with Fritz Jahoda, Henry Cowell, and Olivier Messiaen, among others. A founding participant of Fluxus, he was also a resident composer and musician for the Judson Dance Theater (1962–1964), collaborating with key figures in contemporary dance including Yvonne Rainer, Lucinda Childs, and Elaine Summers. In 1976 he cofounded Gamelan Son of Lion, a still-active new music ensemble. He was also professor at the New School of Social Research (1967–1970), the New Lincoln School (1966–1972), and Livingstone College (1972–1992). Since 1992 he has lived in Reggio Emilia, Italy with his wife and collaborator, dancer Phoebe Neville.