Critics of Satie see him as either an important trailblazer to the Impressionistic Era, or an eccentric amateur composer. His many compositional styles were undoubtably influenced by his acquaintance with the artistic stars of his time, including Debussy, Cocteau, and Picasso. Eric Satie was born in Honfleur, France in 1866. He studied for a year a the Paris Conservatory , and made a living playing in caf_s, and writing music for the songwriter Hypsa, and singer Paulette Darty. He befriended Debussy in 1890, and, at the age of 40, went to the Schola Cantorum to study under d'Indy and Roussel. Later, he established his own school of music in Arcueil, where he was able to influence younger composers. Satie died in Paris in 1925.