Erik Satie (1866-1925) is best known for his charming, unpretentious, and sometimes humorous piano works. His early works, like the Gymnopedies, reflect Satie's interest in Gregorian chant while also prefiguring the Impressionist music of Debussy and others. Satie was somewhat eccentric and was known for a time as the "Velvet Gentleman" since he always wore one of seven identical velvet suits. His musical activities were eclectic, ranging from serving as chief composer of a mystical Rosicrucian sect to performing as a cabaret pianist to composing for surrealist film and ballet.
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