Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Proustian music

In 2008, I wished for “a CD or two assembling Proust-related music: likely inspirations for Vinteuil’s sonata, songs by Reynaldo Hahn, all in period recordings, if possible.” And lookit: violinist Maria Milstein and pianist Nathalia Milstein are releasing a CD, The Vinteuil Sonata, with music by Claude Debussy, Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Pierné, and Camille Saint-Saëns.

The Milstein sisters suspect that Gabriel Pierné’s Sonata for violin and piano in D minor, op. 36 is a source for the Vinteuil Sonata, the imaginary composition with the “little phrase” that so moves Charles Swann in In Search of Lost Time.

Related reading
All OCA Proust posts (Pinboard) : “One phrase rising” : Swann’s little phrase : The “little phrase” again

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