Gymnopédie No. 1: watch pianist Jamie Parker play Satie
At some point, most pianists try picking their way through the slowly waltzing chords of Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1, the famous down-tempo piece that appears on relaxation podcasts and got its composer dubbed the father of ambient music.
While we're used to hearing Gymnopédie No. 1 played by nieces, nephews and friends who've had a few drinks, it's also nice to hear it played by a pro.
We invited Jamie Parker, piano professor at the University of Toronto and member of the Gryphon Trio, to Glenn Gould Studio to play it for us. Watch: