Strange Mr. Satie

Strange Mr Satie In Paris at the turn of the twentieth century when artists were experimenting with new ways of seeing things Erik Satie had something new to say about music Most people didn t understand his pieces

In Paris, at the turn of the twentieth century, when artists were experimenting with new ways of seeing things, Erik Satie had something new to say about music Most people didn t understand his pieces critics called his music surreal But Erik Satie didn t care He wanted to make music that followed no rules but its own Satie s life was strange and wonderful, frenetic aIn Paris, at the turn of the twentieth century, when artists were experimenting with new ways of seeing things, Erik Satie had something new to say about music Most people didn t understand his pieces critics called his music surreal But Erik Satie didn t care He wanted to make music that followed no rules but its own Satie s life was strange and wonderful, frenetic and lonely all at the same time He was friends with Picasso, and with wizards and puppeteers he scraped himself with a stone instead of bathing, and he once threw his acrobat girlfriend out a window Now award winning author M T Anderson tells the story of the irreverent French composer in a biography that is witty, accessible, and endlessly surprising, while Petra Mathers fanciful illustrations capture all the vibrancy that was Erik Satie s topsy turvy world Illustrations by Petra Mathers.

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Strange Mr. Satie

About Author

  1. Matthew Tobin Anderson M T Anderson , 1968 is an author, primarily of picture books for children and novels for young adults Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.His picture books include Handel Who Knew What He Liked Strange Mr Satie The Serpent Came to Gloucester and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World He has written such young adult books as Thirsty, Burger Wuss, Feed, The Game of Sunken Places, and Octavian Nothing For middle grader readers, his novels include Whales on Stilts M T Anderson s Thrilling Tales and its sequel, The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen.

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Strange Mr. Satie Comment

  1. Strange and absurd are perfect words to describe Erik Satie s life and music Lady Gaga s early antics seem tame compared to the things Satie did.


  2. A fantastical biography of Erik Satie It was a fun way to learn about him, but he seemed almost unreal because of the tone it took.


  3. The progression of music through time has taken the listener from primitive drums to the Gregorian Chant and from there to the centuries of great classical music from artists such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Handel But at the end of the 1800s when Erik Satie began to compose and play his music, it was seen and heard and absurd, loud, ridiculous, and strange.Erik Satie himself was a bit of an oddity in that he didn t like the ways things were rules for how music should be, rules for behavior in sch [...]


  4. Do you know who Eric Satie is I surely didn t An offbeat French composer from the 1800 s who wrote odd and misunderstood music, this is the story of his life The quirky images are surrealistic and might not appeal to all readers But those that are drawn to the uncommon will surely enjoy it Satie was born in 1866 and he never grew up but was always a child with an old man s smile He wanted to create something unlike the conventional, something that followed only his rules When he was a young man, [...]


  5. I love many of M.T Anderson s books, so I was hoping that this wouldn t disapoint This is the kind of Anderson story I like The writing is sparing and eloquent He writes in a manner that allows a story to be understood, without sacrificing any of the artistry of true poetic form I didn t know who Eric Satie was, but I m finding that the I read the I realize I don t know Anyway, of the many picture book biographies that I ve been reading lately, this is probably my favorite Not only was the boo [...]


  6. Strange Mr Satie is a biography aimed at elementary school aged readers It covers the life, career and death of the very unconventional composer Erik Satie 1866 1925.In 40 pages, M T Anderson s straightforward text and Petra Mathers s whimsical illustrations paint the the life of Strange Mr Satie The narrative I found a little dry but I thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations.I think younger readers will find the simple vocabulary very approachable Whatever they don t understand they ll get from th [...]


  7. A children s picture biography on the eccentric French composer, Erik Satie, whose musical works and performances would influence numerous twentieth century avant garde movements Charming and informative Wondered though in the world of children s books, where the amazing and the weird are commonplace than the bland or banal, is Satie so extraordinary Would a realistic approach to the illustrations, emphasizing the fact that unlike in fairy stories, the things in this book actually happened, be [...]


  8. Satie was truly strange, but his music is so pure and beautiful.His life was so tough that i cant believe that the storyteller and illustrator could make it in such adorable way, explaining Satie s situation with simple words.When kids read this, they surely question why adults do not like Satie s music at that time and that is the good start to get attention from them to learn and love music.


  9. I read this because I m learning one of the Gymnop dies Anderson s descriptions of Satie s music are apt I particularly like his music which sounded like kick line songs and ancient chants, but mixed together and sometimes they can sound like night falling, and darkness sometimes they can sound like him dancing.


  10. This is a strange book mostly because it is about a very strange man If you have young patrons interested in music, composers, or music innovation, this would be a good book to have, otherwise it might be a hard sell for readers due to not only the odd contents, but the odd, almost prose like text.


  11. This artist is one of my favorite composers, and in this book, his story is told like a poem, a bit or word art amid a very sad story of a crazed and penniless artist It is beautifully done, this book I would recommend it to a rd or 4th grader, a biography lover, a tortured artist Truly lovely.


  12. Satie was a French composer kooky enough to seem totally made up but I checked and he s real This is a great light biography that might interest K 3 graders who are a little whacky themselves, particularly if they re into music and or able to appreciate really great writing.


  13. Definitely a strange little story Could be used in an introduction to the autism spectrum and or music history.The art was nice to look at and didn t confuse me or give me headaches so that s good.





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