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Satie, Erik (French composer, 1866 - 1925), letterpress printing, artists' books


1 volume, 29 pages, pages cut in layers to resemble a staircase. "Ode to a Grand Staircase (For Four Hands) is a visual dialog created by Julie Chen and Barbara Tetenbaum, who found their inspiration in the work of composer Erik Satie. The text is derived from the musical directives and silent librettos which accompanied his scores. Thanks to Anna Sacramento for production assistance and to Claudia Wober for the translation. We dedicate this book to the memory of two men, Peter Chen and David Tetenbaum, whose lives inspired the music in our own"--Colophon. "The story in this book comes from The March of the Grand Staircase, composed by Erik Satie in 1914.."--Box lining paper. Letterpress printed cut card panels attached to concertinas on both sides creating two spines. Pages are cut in layers to resemble a staircase and open from the center in the fashion of french doors. Issued in cloth-covered drop-spine box, with magnetic closure. Limited edition of 100 copies, signed by the artists.

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Berkeley, Calif. : Flying Fish Press Portland, Oregon : Triangular Press, 2001.


©Chen, Julie. Berkeley, CA.: Flying Fish Press. Portland, OR.: Triangular Press, 2001.

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letterpress printing; paper


19 x 97 cm, folded: 19 x 17cm

Ode to a grand staircase (for four hands)



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