This is the first (and most well-known) of a set of three serene pieces by Satie, considered to have been extremely influential in the early development of ambient music. In each the deliberate slight dissonance between the melody and accompanying chords creates a doleful and sublime melancholy. It is sometimes known as Gymnopédie No. 3, because Debussy orchestrated this and the original No. 3, but reversed the numbering (despite not including No. 2 at all!).

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