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In search of the musical universe of Marcel Proust
The Villa du Temps Retrouvé in Cabourg exudes an outdated scent characteristic of the Belle Epoque and allows the readers of Marcel Proust to hear the ghostly notes of Vinteuil's sonata on the Pleyel piano of the music room. Mentioned several times in In Search of Lost Time, notably in Swann in Love and Within a Budding Grove, this sonata is a fictitious musical work for piano and violin which represents for the writer an aesthetic ideal capable of stimulating the power of memory. It would have been inspired in Proust by the Sonata nº1 for violin and piano, op.75 by Camille Saint-Saens (1885).
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