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Current Obsession

Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1 (Orchestrated by Debussy)

For some reason it's emotionally provocative, but I'm not certain what kind of emotion it evokes. Some people may find it boring, but I really love the crescendo.

Number 2, is not as good as the first and the third, but I'll include it anyway.

Number 3 is my favorite. There's a sense of getting lost in a magical forest, you're in wonder, but also, you feel overwhelmed by the loneliness. Haha. The crescendo is the best.

I first heard of Erik Satie's Gymnopedie was from a ring tone on my Nokia phone, I decided I loved the song but it didn't occur to me it was a classic. Then, earlier this year, one of the Taylor's College CPU lecturers previewed his photo book using one of the Gymnopedies as a soundtrack, you can check it out here.

I'm not really an orchestra/classical music buff to fully appreciate or properly interpret the works, but I listen it just for fun, and some really get to me. I can't read music notes for my life, nor can I identify notes from ear, but I love the musical arrangements, the choice of instruments that give the piece some "soul".

So, yeah, rainy day, with some coffee and homework, and Gymnopedie.


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