Music: Remembrance of Reynaldo

One of the most famous fictitious pieces of music in all literature is the "Vinteuil theme" described by Marcel Proust in Remembrance of Things Past. Explored and dissected for pages, the theme not only prodded Proust's memory but also helped preserve the memory of Venezuela-born Composer Reynaldo Hahn. A pampered favorite of Parisian society. Hahn was the man on whom Proust modeled the character of Vinteuil, and at his death in 1947, Hahn was remembered chiefly for his friendship with Proust. Last week in Munich's Gärtner Theater, Hahn's little-known operetta, Ciboulette, was drawing delighted crowds —and moving critics to take...

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