better understand this interesting topic, I come back to Proust’s
experience, as the great writer was fascinated by both music and
painting, weaving into his novels a mixture of concerts and painting
an example, I’ll take the “sonata”, and in particular, the “little
phrase”, a legendary musical form used by Proust to show the
quintessential beauty of music.
if music is not a visual art, Proust developed the idea that an
exceptional musical phrase could change our perception of space and
envelop our universe as if it were possessed. The piano becomes in that
“un clavier incommensurable où, séparées par d’épaisses ténèbres
inexplorées, jouent des millions de touches » (du côté de chez Swann)
«an immeasurable keyboard where, separated by deep unexplored darkness, millions of keys are playing.” (Swann’s Way).
to the idea of the use of colors, Proust explained that the “little
phrase” was powerful enough to bring new colors and become:
“ comme un arc-en-ciel, dont l’éclat faiblit et se relève”
“like a rainbow whose brilliance dims and then returns in all its intensity”.