Watch Antonio López Palacios Play Erik Satie’s ‘Gnossienne No. 3’ on 8-String Guitar

Erik Satie (1866–1925) was one of France’s most influential and, some might say, eccentric composers and pianists of the late 19th and early 20th century. He was friends with both Debussy and Ravel (and influenced both), and was something of an idiosyncratic modernist, always seemingly charting his own course. His seven experimental piano pieces known as the Gnossiennes, were written in the 1890s and considered quite bold at the time. This featured piece is the last of the first group, Trois Gnossiennes, written in 1890. Its played on an 8-string guitar by the superb Mexican guitarist Antonio López Palacios.