Page 277. " searching for a lost Eurydice "

In Greek myth, Eurydice was the wife of the musican Orpheus. When she died, Orpheus was given permission to travel to the underworld to find her. He was allowed to lead her back to the world of the living on the condition that he didn't look around to see her following him until they left Hades. However, just as they were leaving, he succumbed to temptation and looked around, and she vanished back into the world of the dead.

Page 284. " the Valse des Roses, the Pauvre Fou of Tagliafico "

The Valse des Roses is a traditional French song usually played on the accordion. Similarly, The Pauvre Fou by Tagliafico is a more popularist work than Swann's highbrow taste.

Page 289. " those sheets of sketches by Watteau "

Watteau's The Italian Comedian
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Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) was a French painter who was at the forefront of the Rococco movement, emphasising colour and movement in his work.

Page 294. " in the Louis XVI style "
Piranesi Design for a Vase: Louis XVI style
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Jacob Ungerer's Hymen
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French art and design style from the reign of Louis XVI (r. 1774–1793) which bridged the Rococco period and the Neo-classical. Partly as a reaction to the excessive mannerism of the late Rococco period, Neo-classicism sought a calmer aesthetic considered more true to the Greco-Roman past.
Page 295. " to see the Reine Topaze "

La Reine Topaze is an 1856 opera by Victor Massé (1822-1884) a French composer who wrote twenty operas.

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Page 297. " if he went again to Serge Panine "

Serge Panine was a bestselling novel by Georges Ohnet (1848-1918), adapted into a play which was not a critical success. Swann, again, is indulging Odette's taste for more popularist work. Olivier Métra (1830-1889) was a composer and conductor. His music was extremely popular, and he conducted at the Folies Bergère. Reynaldo Hahn, a composer who was Proust's close friend and lover, featured some of Métra's waltzes in his own work.