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The quirky names Erik Satie (1866-1925) invented for his compositions suggest a certain dismissive cynicism, but there is no aural hint of that in the four pieces heard here. The title Gnossienne is as enigmatic as the music itself. It is a word coined by Satie, and we can’t even be certain of what it means, though there must be some connection to the obscure religious philosophies of Gnosticism.

The quirky names Erik Satie (1866-1925) invented for his compositions suggest a certain dismissive cynicism, but there is no aural hint of that in the four pieces heard here. The title Gnossienne is as enigmatic as the music itself. It is a word coined by Satie, and we can’t even be certain of what it means, though there must be some connection to the obscure religious philosophies of Gnosticism.