Les six

When the Russians (Stravinsky, Prokofiev) got too famous and so too expensive, Diaghilev commissioned his new ballets from the younger – and therefore cheaper – generation of French composers. A group of young musicians had formed around the wonderfully eccentric figure of Erik Satie. Originally named (by Satie)  Les Nouveaux Jeunes they soon became known as […]

Going pear shaped: Satie and Les Six

Jester, mystic, prophet and author of, among other things, the Memoirs of an Amnesiac, Erik Satie was one of the great eccentrics of French music. He eventually surrounded himself with a loosely allied group of young composers (Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Germaine Tailleferre and, later, Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc) who, having at first styled themselves Les nouveaux jeunes, soon […]