Even if Satie's "Sonatine" is based on classical forms, it is a work that could not be more ironic. The composer who at the end of his life liked to walk around dressed in a straight collar and wearing a bowler hat tells, by means of texts inserted between the staffs, the daily life of the typical Parisian office worker, sitting in his armchair of green silk and dreaming of its advancement. "A neighboring piano plays Clementi" ... there, we hear, it is true, parody reminiscences of the very popular Sonatine op. 36/1 by Clementi. Ulrich Krämer delivers in his detailed preface to our edition all the keys necessary for understanding Satie's work.