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Latest update on 19/03/2013

Artist: Erik Satie
Author: Erik Satie
Year: 1910

Second movement from Sports et Divertissements, part of his "periode humoristique" (between 1911 and 1914).

Covers:

1974:

Richard & Linda Thompson [coda of The Great Valerio]

1982:

Madou [as Valerio]

1994:

Maddy Prior & Martin Carthy

1997:

June Tabor [as The Great Valerio]

2003:

Barb Jungr [idem]

The Great Valerio is inspired by The Great Blondin, a French rope walker who in 1859 walked over the Niagara Falls gorge, not once but some 20 odd times in both directions, balancing high on his tightrope, drawing all the attention on him. Once again he made it to the other side, but the music sounds sinister, predicting fatality. Valerio's a tragic sublimation of Satie's youthful swinger or maybe they're one and the same person.

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