“His dreams are about professional advancement”

The forthcoming Issue Five of New Escapologist features an essay by Reggie Chamberlain-King about composer, pianist and bona-fide Bohemian, Erik Satie.

Among Satie’s pieces (which often have brilliant names along the lines of Flabby Preludes for a Dog and Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear), is “Sonatine Bureaucratique“: a musical satire of a bureaucrat’s walk to work. The lyrics on this video rendition are great, and someone has also set some office CCTV footage to Satie’s music. The result is very funny:


Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at www.wringham.co.uk/about.

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