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L'Oreille de Proust

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Free and open to the public
Courtesy of Jean-Paul Henriet

L'Oreille de Proust

Les Amis de Vinteuil

Join us for this imaginative and varied performance by Les Amis de Vinteuil, an ensemble composed of gifted pianists Anne-Lise Gastaldi and David Saudubray and actor and theatre educator Camille Deveranantes. Based on Gastaldi and Saudubray’s 2015 record L’Oreille de Proust (The Ear of Proust), the performance will feature four-hand piano arrangements typical of 19th-century French salons interwoven with excerpts from the author’s works, reflecting the musical tastes of an influential creative milieu.

L’Oreille de Proust weaves together themes in the author’s writings and offers a sense of the music he enjoyed. Music is one of the central themes of In Search of Lost Time, which Proust wrote throughout the First World War L’Oreille de Proust is a unique and thoughtful tribute to Marcel Proust and is presented in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I as an ally to France.


Part 1
Divertissement à la hongroise, Franz Schubert

Part 2
Les Plaisirs et les jours: “Eloge de la mauvaise musique” (Pleasures and Days: “In Praise of Bad Music”)
Souvenir de Bayreuth, Gabriel Fauré and André Messager

Part 3
Le Temps retrouvé: “Lettre de Gilberte au narrateur sur la guerre” (Finding Time Again: “Gilberte’s Letter to the Narrator About War”)
Pastoral Symphony, No. 6, Ludwig van Beethoven

Part 4
La Prisonnière: “Les cris de Paris” (The Prisoner: “The Cries of Paris”)
Six épigraphes antiques, Claude Debussy

Part 5
Sodome et Gomorrhe: “Madame de Cambremer et sa belle-fille” (Sodom and Gomorrah: “Mrs. Cambremer and Her Daughter-In-Law”)
Dolly Suite, Op. 56, Gabriel Fauré

Part 6
Du côté de chez Swann: “A propos d’Odette” (Swann’s Way: “About Odette”)
Medley of music from Carmen, Georges Bizet

Part 7
Du côté de chez Swann: “Texte sur la madeleine” (Swann’s Way: “Text on the Madeleine”)
Divertissement à la hongroise (reprise), Franz Schubert

Part 8
Le Temps retrouvé: “Pendant la permission de Saint-Loup” (Finding Time Again: “Saint-Loup’s Leave”)
Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky

© Alan HajoAnne-Lise Gastaldi studied piano in Nice, France, before continuing her studies at the Conservatoire National de Paris, and has won international prizes at the Viotti-Valesia Competition in Varallo and the ARD Competition in Munich. Gastaldi conceives and performs in programs that combine music and other art forms, founding the biennial Journées Musicales Marcel Proust with Pierre Ivanoff in 2012. She is artistic director of ClassicalVal in Val d’Isère and a professor of pedagogy at the Conservatoire de Paris.

David Saudubray has performed at renowned festivals including Auvers sur Oise, Roque d’Anthéron, Nohant Chopin Festival, Festival of Saint-Dénis, Pianofolies, and Nancyphonies. He won the Concurs Maria Canals in Barcelona in 2004 and the Fondation Charles Oulmont Competition in 2009. From 2008 to 2010, he recorded music for France 2’s acclaimed series Au siècle du Maupassant (In the age of Maupassant). He was the opera coach for Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at Opéra Bordeaux and Opéra Bastille, and currently teaches piano at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris.

Camille Devernantes is the founder of theatre company La Musaraigne, having previously worked in theatre education and for the French National Ministry of Education. Since 2010, he has worked with the theater company Le Bruit du Monde, appearing in multiple stage readings of Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) and other classic literary works. He has performed dramatic readings of Proust at the Journées Musicales Marcel Proust in Cabourg, the vacation destination of Marcel Proust.

This original program is offered in partnership with the Consulate of France in Boston and the French Cultural Center with special thanks to James Connelly, James Dolan, Christopher Leich, and Pierre Sorel for their financial support and efforts to make this performance possible.

Athenæum members have the opportunity to participate in more than twenty different discussion groups that meet monthly, some at the Athenæum and others at the Union Club of Boston, including the Proust Reading Group and the Proust Selected Studies Group. Contact Arnold Serapilio at or at 617-720-7633 for more information.

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