Ten works you must know to feel music

All the music represents the tremor of a premonition subjected to order in an exquisite, wise and malleable fashion within the splendour of art in a humane measure. For example, the ‘Red Book of Montserrat’ for Shostakovich


Gymnopédies; Gnossiennes

Erik Satie

(1888 and 1890)

The strange magnetism emanating from this collection of brief pieces, their cocooning evocative force, have been overused as soundtracks even advertising. And yet, they maintain their mysterious halo. With the most secretive works of Debussy and Ravel, they sing the song of the swan of neoromanticism at the dusk of the fin de siècle. The communicating vessels of mystery are the playing field of genius. The smell of Satie’s third Gnossiene is captivating; the light of the fifth celebrates the horizon with Giorgione’s shadows.