I discovered the French author Marcel Proust over ten years ago and still continue to be obsessed with his work. "À la recherche du temps perdu" is probably the most gigantic and influential novel of the 20th century. I was inspired by the section in "Swann's Way" with the "little phrase" Odette plays for Swann. I read that Proust attributed the origin to several real life composers, such asCésar Franck,Fauré, and Saint-Saëns.
Although the piece in the novel is for violin and piano (sometimes only piano since it resurfaces throughout the novel), I decided I'd take a stab and write a waltz. This waltz which is entitled "La Sonate de Vinteuil" is more in the style of Tchaikovsky rather than the composers mentioned above. Nonetheless, I wrote most of it in one single. night and thought it would work well in the movie.
Here is the piece by Tchaikovsky ("December" from the Seasons) that influenced the piano waltz in NOTHING IN LOS ANGELES.
I also wrote an entire album dedicated to the writings of Marcel Proust. You can listen to the music here. It's entitled "Proust Music."