In Swann's Way, Swann says of Odette:
"Think of listening to Wagner for a whole fortnight with a woman who takes about as much interest in music as a tone-deaf newt..."
Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas. He transformed musical thought through his idea of Gesamtkunstwerk ("total artwork"), the synthesis of all the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, epitomized by his monumental four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876). Wagner even went so far as to build his own opera-house to try to stage these works as he had imagined them.
He considered Beethoven to be his muse.