Music | 15 Sep 17

Erik Satie’s Vexations: Hugh Nankivell & guests

Music | 15 Sep 17

Erik Satie’s Vexations: Hugh Nankivell & guests

The influential French composer Erik Satie, globally famous for his Trois Gymnopedies for piano, was a wonderfully eccentric man who lived from 1866 to 1925. Perhaps Agatha Christie, in her youth as a nascent pianist, played some of his elusive, enigmatic music.

Satie composed ‘Vexations’ a mysterious crab-like solo piano piece to be repeated 840 times which never quite seems to resolve. Although it is relatively simple and short, it is tricky to learn by heart. It seems to scuttle away the moment it has been played. It usually lasts about 19 hours to play and was not performed during Satie’s lifetime.

Vexations will be performed in a relay of local pianists led by Hugh Nankivell starting at 7.00am on Friday 15 September. The performance will continue through the day and evening, completing at approximately 2.00am the following morning.