Works for piano four hands by Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Sandra & Jeroen van Veen
Piano Four Hands
Trois Morceaux en forme de Poire (1903)
-Maniere de commencement
-Prolongation du même
Completed version by Jeroen van Veen
Gymnopédie nr 1
Arranged for piano four hands by Jeroen van Veen using the Claude Debussy arrangement for Orchestra
Embryons Desséchés (1913)
Jeroen van Veen, piano solo
Music written by Satie for the movie by Rene Clair
Arranged for piano four hands by Darius Milhaud, completed with the movie by Jeroen van Veen
This extraordinary early film from director René Clair was originally made to fill an interval between two acts of Francis Picabia’s new ballet, Relâche, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in 1924. Picabia famously wrote a synopsis for the film on one sheet of note paper, headed Maxim’s (the famous Parisian restaurant), which he sent to René Clair. This formed the basis for what ultimately appeared on screen, with some additional improvisations. Music for the film was composed by the famous avant-garde composer Erik Satie, who appears in the film, along side its originator, Francis Picabia. The surrealist photographer Man Ray also puts in an appearance, in a film which curiously resembles his own experimental films of this era.
Entr’acte is a surrealistic concoction of unrelated images, reflecting Clair’s interest in Dada, a fashionable radical approach to visual art which relied on experimentation and surreal expressionism. Clair’s imagery is both captivating and disturbing, giving life to inanimate objects (most notably the rifle range dummies), whilst attacking conventions, even the sobriety of a funeral march.