We played a wedding at the beginning of March and for their first dance the couple, both accomplished Classical musicians, asked if I would arrange a waltz by Erik Satie. I took a listen to "Je Te Veux" ("I Want You") and found it very appealing. So then the next thought was that, if we were going to work it up for the wedding, we might as well record it for you!

Erik Satie (1866-1925), a French composer best known for his "Trois Gymnopédies," grew up in the Montmartre section of Paris. He was unsuccessful at the Paris Conservatory but learned enough to begin writing music. He worked as a piano player in local cabarets, salons and cafes and eventually made a living publishing his compositions. Satie was a friend of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky and his work foreshadows the Minimalist, Dadaist and Absurdist schools in French arts. Although "Je Te Veux" was originally conceived as a vocal number with an erotically charged lyric by a poet friend of Satie's, Henry Pacory, we give it to you here as an instrumental.

Last April we released another piano waltz arranged for the jazz band, "Pleasant Moments" by American composer Scott Joplin. If you like these, also check out our recording of another Parisian waltz from the Belle Epoque, Sicilienne Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré.

Thanks for listening!
Ben Schenck
Clarinetist / Leader
Panorama Jazz Band / Panorama Brass Band
New Orleans, LA


Lyrics by Henry Pacory

J'ai compris ta détresse
Cher amoureux
Et je cède à tes voeux
Fais de moi ta maîtresse
Loin de nous la sagesse
Plus de tristesse
J'aspire à l'instant précieux
Où nous serons heureux
Je te veux

Je n'ai pas de regrets
Et je n'ai qu'une envie
Près de toi là tout près
Vivre toute ma vie
Que mon corps soit le tien
Que ta lèvre soit mienne
Que ton coeur soit le mien
Et que toute ma chair soit tienne


Oui je vois dans tes yeux
La divine promesse
Que ton coeur amoureux
Vient chercher ma caresse
Enlacés pour toujours
Brûlant des mêmes flammes
Dans un rêve d'amour
Nous échangerons nos deux âmes


English translation:

I understand your distress
Dear lover
And I yield to your wishes
Make me your mistress
Far from us is wisdom
No more sadness
I look forward to the beautiful moment
When we will be happy
I want you

I have no regrets
And I have only one desire
Beside you there so close
To live all my life
May my body be yours
May your lips be mine
May your heart be mine
And may all my flesh be yours


Yes I see in your eyes
The divine promise
That your loving heart
Comes looking for my caress
Joined forever
Burning in the same flames
In a dream of love
We will swap our two souls



from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released April 1, 2018
Recorded February 23, 2018 at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA

Panorama Jazz Band
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Jon Ramm - Trombone
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Tenor Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Paul Thibodeaux - Drum Set

Written by Erik Satie (PD) and arranged by Ben Schenck (Snack Daddy Music/ASCAP).
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Cover photo by Greg Miles.
Graphic design by Ben Schenck


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