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Erik Satie (1866-1925) was a French composer and pianist. Starting with his first composition in. Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopedies (1888). In addition to his body of music, Satie also left a remarkable set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications. Trois Gnossiennes (first published 1893). These Three Gnossiennes were composed around 1890. A revision prior to publication in 1893 is not unlikely, the 2nd Gnossienne may even have been composed in that year (it has "April 1893" as date on the manuscript). The piano solo version of the first three Gnossiennes are without time signatures or bar lines, which is known as "absolute time."