Syrinx Journey Day 148: Proustian “Syrinx”

Music was central to writer Marcel Proust, who said that music is “one of the great passions of my life.” He was a great admirer of Debussy’s music, and listened to Pelléas et Mélisande from the Paris Opera through an early form of broadcasting which came directly from the stage through the telephone. Music and composers figure prominently in Proust’s work. The Debussy scholar Edward Lockspeiser points out a similarity of intent between Debussy and Proust, who in À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) sought to evoke in literature the immediacy of the moment in its naked emotional power and layers of memory and associations.

Today, in a nod to Proust and the artistic kinship of the two geniuses, I offer a Proustian Syrinx.


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