Ruisselait en flots d'or sur la dalle polie Où les atomes d'ambre au feu se miroitant Mêlaient leur sarabande à la gymnopédie
Trickled in gusts ofGOLD on the shiny flagstone Where the amber atoms in the fire gleaming Mingled their sarabande with the gymnopaedia
- dance – probably, as he mentions it alongside another dance, the saraband(e);
- antiquity – supposedly, given the title of the poem. This however does not yet give a clear picture of how antiquity was perceived in late 19th-century France (see below);
- nudity – maybe, although words like "gymnastique" (gymnastics) and "gymnase" (gymnasium) based on the same Greek word for nudity (γυμνός – "gymnos") were common in those days, but had lost any reference to nudity; in Sparta, when much of schoolwork was physical training, the youths were typically nude. It seems clear that -ped refers to children (paed). As suggested below, a dance or parade by children from the gymnasium seems a reasonableINTERPRETATION.
- warfare (as in Ancient Greece the wordINDICATED a war dance) – probably not; little war-like intent is apparent in the poem;
- religious ceremony/festivity (which was the context of the Ancient gymnopaedia) – probably neither; there seems to be no allusion made to them in the poem.
|Gymnopédies: 1. Lent et douloureux
Performed by Robin Alciatore. Courtesy of Musopen
- "First Gymnopédie" (original piano setting by Satie) → "Third Gymnopédie" (orchestration by Debussy)
- "Third Gymnopédie" (original piano setting by Satie) → "First Gymnopédie" (orchestration by Debussy)
This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2015)*In the 1970 Canadian film Goin' Down the Road, Peter follows a woman into the classical music section of Sam the Record Man, where she plays an orchestral arrangement of Gymnopédie No. 1. Despite having no knowledge of classical music, Peter buys a copy of the record.
- 1970s group Sky covered Gymnopédie No. 1 on their 1979 album Sky.
- Gary Numan covered the first Gymnopédie on the B-side of 1980 single, "We Are Glass", with an arrangement incorporating guitar, bass and synthesizers.
- A pastiche of Erik Satie's style in Trois Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes, composed by Vladimir Cosma, was used in Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1981 film Diva. A similar pastiche was composed by Charles Fox for the soundtrack of the 1988 film, Short Circuit 2 for the scene following the attack on the robot, Johnny 5.
- Gymnopédie No. 1 is heard over the closing scene and endCREDITS of Louis Malle's film, My Dinner with Andre (1981). It is also heard in the soundtrack of The Fire Within by the same director.
- The american jazz pianist Mal Waldron reinterprets Gymnopédie No. 1 in his 1983 album Mal Waldron Plays Eric Satie.
- Gymnopédie No. 3 is played as a part of the soundtrack in Jaco Van Dormael's 2009 film Mr. Nobody.
- Gymnopédie No. 1 is part of the soundtrack for the documentary film Man on Wire. ]
- An interpolation of Gymnopédie No. 1 is looped throughout the chorus of Janet Jackson's song "Someone to Call My Lover".
- The three Gymnopédies are part of the soundtrack for the feature film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. ]
- A remixed version of Gymnopédie No. 1 is part of the soundtrack for the visual novel G Senjō no Maō under the title "Sora no Seki" (Evening Sky). ]
- An adaptation of Gymnopédie No. 1 to the Game Boy Advance's hardware by Shogo Sakai is used as background music in the 2006 Japanese video gameMother 3 under the title "Leder's Gymnopédie". ] ]