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In Search of Vinteuil : Music, Literature and a Self Regained (Hardcover)

Author: Holden, James

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Positioning himself as an autobiographer, a literary critic, and a pianist, author James Holden presents an homage to Marcel Proust''s A la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time). "One night I came across the recording of a piano work that I had composed whilst still at school. The strange thing was, I had no recollection of it whatsoever. As I sat and listened to it, it revealed to me, or so it seemed, a self that I had no connection with and a past that I had not lived." In Search of Vinteuil gains access to all of the lost and impossible experiences the musical piece pointed towards. The book turns to the passages in Proust''s long novel that deal with music, focusing in particular on the descriptions of fictional composer Vinteuil''s Sonata for Piano and Violin and Septet. Analysis reveals the role of memory in musical appreciation and music''s ability to lay before us different worlds. Armed with this engagement, literary tools emerge to understand this personal uncanny exp


Publisher Sussex Academic Pr
Mfg Part# 9781845193201
SKU 209332058
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1845193202
Release Date 11/1/2010
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