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3 Morceaux en Forme de Poire

7 pieces for orchestra

Music by Erik Satie
Arranged for orchestra by Russell Plows
Duration: 14 minutes
First Performance 01/07/18 by The Angel Orchestra at St Silas in London – conducted by Peter Fender


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After hearing the romantic approach of Roger Désormière in his orchestration of these progressively melancholy pieces, I set myself the challenge of creating a new version which used only the notes Satie had written and made no attempt to disguise their austerity. On the whole, I have used simple blocks of colour which vary only to help outline each piece’s shape. I haven’t attempted a Satie pastiche, but hope that this version lets the music speak for itself. Russell Plows.