I was worn out today from editing Ausra's Buxtehude video with multiple camera angles so didn't want to start practicing energy demanding Kauffmann before tomorrow. But I knew I couldn't miss a day without recording just because I'm tired. So I really had three choices - to play Ave Verum by Mozart, Prelude by Langlais from his Organ Book or to record Gymnopedie I by Erik Satie. The Langlais piece required an organ with a swell box and I haven't yet installed one. Mozart could have worked but I felt drawn to Satie. This famous Gymnopedie I reminds me of a summer in a lake - I'm sitting in a boat. A little breeze is rocking the boat. And I'm dreaming...
It was really fun to play Gymnopedie No. 2 by Erik Satie. It's probably less well-known than No. 1 which I recorded yesterday but nonetheless very beautiful. This sample set worked very well - gentle and sweet.
I wanted to complete this set of all 3 Gymnopedie's by Erik Satie. Out the three, this last one is the least known to me. I don't think I've heard it before. But the character and the structure is very similar to the preceding two. I hope you will enjoy it!
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