Valse du Chocolat aux amandes.
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Youtube does not have this Satie valse so I had to upload it.
Also, I believe I found out why I love Satie so much. I was recently bored and I searched for Satie's life, something that would tell me how his works were received during his life, the people he knew, the awards he had received. If you are someone that looks for biographies and stories of the great pianists of today and of old, then you, like me, know that most of great pianists were normally playing at three years old, giving recitals of complex Liszt and Bach pieces at eight, going through orchestral pieces at eleven and becomings masters at fifteen. But not Satie.
What surprised me about Satie was that he only began at eleven years old to play piano. Not only that, but he was never actually accepted or completed a conservatoire course. Erik never had an actual formation and made his way through cabarets and other places like so, never the great recital halls. He did had a time of fame and success while still alive, but he had no visits at his home during his entire time living in Arcueil. When he died, he had an enormous amount of either hidden or unfinished pieces that he kept away from public, inside a coat, at his house. When he tried for conservatoires of England, the staff said he was horrible and had a fiasco of a technique, and he was known as the laziest stundent when he was actually accepted.
And yet he still composed during all this time. Satie lived with this mixture of confusion, of solitude and feeling of failure most of his life and yet he still composed. Somehow I believe I find myself in a close situation if only in a sentimental way, and I believe Satie says in his compositions what I would like to express to others but cannot.