Erik Satie

Ogives (4), for piano


    "Ogive" is an architectural term, referring to the shape of a gothic arch. In this case it designates a set of four untitled pieces for piano, each of which bears a different dedication. The first is dedicated to J. P. Contamine de Latour, the second to Charles Levade, the third to Madame Clement Le Breton, and the fourth to Conrad Satie. These are some of Satie's very shortest compositions -- a mere four lines each -- and, like many of Satie's other pieces from this time, have they neither bar lines nor time signatures.

    Ogives is among Satie's earliest works, composed in the same year as the Trois Mélodies and just a year or so before the Trois Sarabandes and the famous Trois Gymnopédies. Ogives shares with these other pieces Satie's distinctive modal melodies and their concomitant tonal ambiguity; their similarity to the sound and contour of Gregorian chant melodies evokes a neo-medieval aesthetic. These four short pieces exemplify Satie's early style nicely, but they also contain stylistic elements destined to reappear in his later works.


    1. 1ère Ogive - à J.P. Contamine de Latour
    2. 2ème Ogive - à Charles Levadé
    3. 3ème Ogive - à Madame Clément le Breton
    4. 4ème Ogive - à Conrad Satie

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Grand Piano GP 761
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95350BR
    2016 Erato 555263
    2015 Erato / Warner Classics 0825646047963
    2014 Unseen Worlds UW 12CD
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94087
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099968582
    2008 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT080901
    2007 Scandinavian Classics 220510
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93559
    2006 Philips 4657706
    2005 Audiophile Classics 14
    2003 Philips 000105902
    2003 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243585602
    2003 Decca 000023002
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 74534
    1999 Mandala 4896
    1998 Philips 462161
    1996 Swedish Society Discofil 1070
    1995 Philips 446672
    1994 Mandala 4821
    1994 Naxos 550696
    1992 Vox 5011
    Accord 201022
    Accord 200072
    MDG 6131064
    Brilliant Classics 93559/2