Erik Satie

Peccadilles importunes (Tiresome Peccadilloes), for piano (from "Enfantines")


    Peccadilles importunes was composed in 1913, a year in which Satie composed a large number of pieces for solo piano. The Peccadilles are beginner pieces, and number among the many pieces for children Satie wrote in the fall of 1913; in October alone, he composed the Trois Nouvelles Enfantines, and the three sets of "Enfantines": Menus propos enfantins, Enfantillages pittoresques, and the Peccadilles importunes. Satie's interest in the number three is clearly manifested with these pieces: there are three works comprising the Enfantines, and each work consists of three small pieces.

    The Peccadilles were conceived in the same way as the two previous Enfantines, employing white keys only, with three different five-finger scales. The Peccadilles complete the entire set of Enfantines by returning to the same scale with which the first of the Enfantines, Menus propos enfantins, began. Peccadilles three pieces, Etre jaloux de son camarade qui a une grosse tete, Lui manger sa tartine, and Profiter de ce qu'il a des cors aux pieds lui prendre son cerceau, are designed to introduce children to the piano, and their simple patterns can be quickly learned and played. As musicologist and Satie scholar Robert Orledge has noted, the introduction to the piano for children that rivals Satie's Enfantines is Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos, which similarly captures and maintains children's interest, "both visually and aurally."


    1. Être falouz de son camarde qui a une grosse tête
    2. Lui manger sa tartine
    3. Profiter de ce qu'il a des cors aux pieds pour lui prendre son cerceau

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 BIS BIS 2225
    2015 Erato / Warner Classics 0825646047963
    2013 AIX Records AIX 81068
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94087
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099968582
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93559
    2003 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243585602
    2003 Decca 000023002
    2003 EMI Classics
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 74534
    2002 Forlane 16591
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 568994
    2000 Mandala 4975/79
    1997 Decca 4581052
    1997 Decca 455 370-2DH
    1995 Naxos 8 550699
    1994 Mandala 4821
    1992 Vox 5011
    1992 EMI Music Distribution 67282
    Accord 201022
    Accord 221362
    Digital Concerto 747
    Brilliant Classics 93559/4