Erik Satie's Gymnopédie #1. Satie's Gymnopedies are
what many consider to be the groundwork for today's
ambient music; it's as ignorable as it is interesting
(although, I find it hard to ignore such great music).
These three beautiful pieces for solo piano are
calming, reflective, ethereal, relaxing, soothing, and
Gymnopedie No. 1 - Lent et douloureux (slow and
mournfully) with a hollow, but eerily warm melody
gently floating atop an accompaniment of steady
short-long rhythms, Gymnopedie No. 1 is as expressive
as it is transparent. Its simplicity and openness
masterfully disguises its apparent dissonances.
Although originally created for Solo Piano, I created
this arrangement for Viola and Classical Guitar.