Photo Friday: Game, set and match

20140620 [Tennis in SportsetDivertissements]Wimbledon starts on Monday, and to get you in the mood today’s Photo Friday is from our Special Collections; “Sports et divertissements”, written by Erik Satie, illustrated by C.H. Martin, and published by Lucien Vogel in 1914. The ‘sports and entertainment’ covered include golf, fireworks, hunting, fishing, yachting, the races, picnics, flirting, and as you can see from the picture, tennis.

Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925) was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. He is probably best known for his ‘Trois Gymnopédies’ (1888).

Sports et Divertissements is a collection of twenty one miniature pieces for piano, none longer than four lines, which combine music, poetry, calligraphy and art, thus bringing together Satie’s different talents in one place.

You can see a video of a performance of ‘Tennis’ here, arranged for chamber orchestra by David Bruce, and performed in 2008 in New York City.

For more information about Wimbledon, see their website. Access to all Special Collections material is through the LJMU Archivist.

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