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Gymnopédie No. 1: watch pianist Jamie Parker play Satie

Robert Rowat

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.

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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:


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