Just like the "Gymnopédies", the "Gnossiennes" refer to traditions of ancient Greece. Probably stimulated by the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris, Satie introduced into these pieces oriental ornaments.
Very sensitive to the musical trends in vogue at the time, he connected exotic elements, influences from cabaret music, as well as, of course, his own ideas and pulled out something absolutely new.
Some of the "Gnossiennes" surprise by enigmatic fragments of text introduced between the litters.
According to Satie, do not read them aloud, because they are there to create a secret complicity between the composer and the performer - a creative challenge that we transmit, thanks to our Urtext edition, to today's performers 'hui.