on 25 July 2013
Classical music as a reputation as being a stuff-shirted product, only listened to by people who are upper-class and/or filthy rich. It is also imaged that the masters who sat down to compose where all elderly, mutton-chopped gentleman who answered only to the reigning monarch. What is not realised is a lot of them were the equivalent of rock stars of their time.
It is fair to say that Mr. Satie was no rock star. Actually, it is hard to compare him to anybody alive or dead as he was unique. Actually a lot of French composers were ‘unique. To quote Stephen Fry, ‘Hector Bonkers Belioz’ says it all. Debussy shot not one, but two partners, Dukas burnt most his work are a few interesting tales.
Anyhow, I digress. This book is written and illustrated in a manner I would expect of Roger Hargreaves, the creator of the Mr. Men. It makes the reader realise that composers are interesting people and maybe, that their music is worth a listen. No one on x-Factor has ever had a story to tell like Satie.