Le Fils des étoiles (Satie, Erik)



Sheet Music

Arrangements and Transcriptions

3 Préludes

For Piano Solo (Composer)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: E. Baudoux & Cie., n.d.(ca.1896). Plate E.B. et Cie 220.
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For Piano Solo (Composer)

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Editor Eberhardt Klemm (1929-1991)
Publisher. Info. Erik Satie: Klavierwerke, Band 1 (pp.36-38)
Leipzig: Edition Peters, No.9620, 1986. Plate E.P. 13380.
Misc. Notes This excerpt is sometimes referred to as "Gnossienne No.7"
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General Information

Work Title Le Fils des Étoiles
Alternative. Title Pastorale Kaldéenne en Trois Actes
Name Translations 星たちの息子
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 182105978; BNF: 13923439d
Composer Satie, Erik
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IES 22
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements in 3 acts
  1. Act 1: La Vocation
 Prélude du Première Acte: La Vocation
 Thème Décoratif: La Nuit Kaldee
  1. Act 2: L'Initiation
 Prélude du Deuxième Acte: L'Initiation
 Thème Décoratif: La Salle Basse du Grand Temple
  1. Act 3: L'Incantation
 Prélude du Troisième Acte: L'Incantation
 Thème Décoratif: La Terrace du Palais du Patesi Goudea
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. December 1891
First Publication. 1896
Dedication Composé pour le Rose + Croix
Average DurationAvg. Duration 75 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Flutes/Harps, or harmonium
External Links All Music Guide

Navigation etc.

  • Incidental music to the 3-Act Poetic Drama 'Le fils des Étoiles' by Josephin Péladan. Originally for orchestra but never published that way.
  • Stephen Moore Whiting, in his book Satie the bohemian: from cabaret to concert hall, mentions another work, Upsud which Satie scored for flutes and harps, but the flute parts exceed the range of the flute. He feels the reference to flutes and harps make far better sense if taken for stops on a harmonium, then says that the same could apply to Le fils des étoiles. In other words it is possible that the flutes/harps instruction was not intended as the actual instrumentation. Grove lists the instrumentation as "fls, hps/hmn".
  • The music is, for the most part, typically Satiean, with its use of Quartal Harmony (chords constructed using the interval of a fourth, rather than the traditional tertian structure), and chains of parallel triadic chords (sevenths and ninths): the effect of these harmonic structures, combined with modal melody reminiscent of plainchant, is to create a sense of Timelessness, of Immobility.
  • Preludes to each of 3 acts here arranged for piano.