Proust and Music: Real and Imagined

Ebène Quartet
Ekaterina Derzhavina, piano
Anton Martynov, violin
Shani Diluka, piano

Talk by Richard Wigmore

Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
Saint-Saëns - Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Fauré - Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45 (1st movement)
Debussy - String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Hypersensitive and hyper-fastidious, Marcel Proust was one of the most musically responsive of writers, writing to his friend Gabriel Fauré that he was 'intoxicated by his music'. Fauré in turn became one of the models for the composer Vinteuil in Proust's 'À la recherche du temps perdu'. Yet as Proust revealed, the inspiration for the 'petite phrase' associated with Swann's love for Odette in the novel was not Fauré's, but the 'motto' theme that pervades Camille Saint-Saëns' Violin Sonata in D minor.
Join us as we explore music associated with Proust in a programme that ranges from late Beethoven (one of the writer's dearest loves) via the charming, rarely heard Saint-Saëns violin sonata, the first movement of Fauré's Piano Quartet in G minor inspired by the composer's childhood memories (Proust would have approved), and finally, to Debussy's revolutionary String Quartet of 1893, Proust's favourite work by his favourite living composer.
20th Century Theatre, London on Wednesday 13 November 2013
Doors Open at 6:45PM
Starts at 7:30PM
Ticket Price: £25.00