• Publish Date: 2016-12-15
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: J. E. Grigsby
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Montmartre in the 1890s is a well-known haven for artists and bohemians. Here at the crest of the hill, inside a tiny apartment at No. 6 Rue Cortot, lives Erik Satie. He is known only as a poor, eccentric musician of the shadow theatre at Le Chat Noir. But Claude Debussy declares, My friend Erik is a composer. Suzanne Valadon lives two doors down at No. 2 Rue Cortot. She is known as a model and mistress to the finest living painters, even the great Renoir. But Toulouse-Lautrec insists, My friend Suzanne is an artist. Erik Saties love for Suzanne Valadon will call into question his own notions of art and success, truth and desire, causing a condition he refers to asVexations. Walk with Erik and Suzanne along the streets of Paris in La Belle poque. Travel in time with Satie, the Great Precursor; back a century to Karlsbad to conduct J.S. Bachs court ensemble, forward a half-century to New York City to advise John Cage about Furniture Music. Discover an extraordinary story of restless spirits and timeless music, referred to asVexations.

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