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Charles Gounod

Charles François Gounod (June 17, 1818 – October 18, 1893) was a French composer, best known for his opera Faust.

Gounod was born in Paris and learned music with his mother as a child. He entered the Paris Conservatoire where he studied under Fromental Halévy. He won the Prix de Rome in 1839 for his cantata Ferdinand. He subsequently went to Italy where he studied the music of Palestrina.

Caricature from Punch, 1882
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Caricature from Punch, 1882

Gounod wrote his first opera in 1851, but had no great success until Faust (1859), based on the play by Goethe. This remains his best known work, although the opera Roméo et Juliette (based on the Shakespeare play), premiered in 1867, is also performed and recorded regularly. Later in his life, Gounod wrote mainly religious music, including the song Ave Maria, which was based on the first prelude from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach.

Gounod died in 1893 in Saint-Cloud in France.



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The Ave Maria Collection "By Franz Schubert; J.S. Bach, Charles Gounod. Edited by Edwin Mclean. For Voice with Piano. The Ave Maria Collection. Sacred. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc"

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"Charles Gounod / Songs, Volume One / For High Voice" (High Voice (French Language Edition)). By Charles Francois Gounod (1818-1893). Edited by Marty Winkler. For high voice solo and piano accompaniment (High voice (Medium-High)). Masterworks; Vocal Collection. Kalmus Edition. Intermediate level. Classical P

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"Charles Gounod / Songs, Volume Two / High Voice" (High Voice (French Language Edition)). By Charles Francois Gounod (1818-1893). Edited by Marty Winkler. For high voice solo and piano accompaniment (High voice (Medium-High)). Masterworks; Vocal Collection. Kalmus Edition. Upper intermediate. Classical P

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Ave Maria "By Richard Proulx & Charles Gounod. Arranged by Richard Proulx. For SATB or Unison Choir and Keyboard accompaniment. Choral. Sacred, Christmas, Choral. Easy. Choral Octavo. Text language: Latin. 8 pages. Published by GIA Publications"

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Adoration "By Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Gounod, words by Joseph A. Seiss and Tom Fettke. Choir Sacred. SATB choir. Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Masterworks; Worship Resources. H.W. Gray. Masterwork Arrangement; Sacred. Choral Octavo. 8 pages. Published b

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The Ave Maria Collection "By Franz Schubert; J.S. Bach, Charles Gounod. Edited by Edwin Mclean. For voice and piano. The Ave Maria Collection. Sacred. Book. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc"

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Romeo et Juliette "(Caprice, Op. 14/Violon et Piano). By Charles Gounod / Sarasate. For violin and piano. Published by Choudens"

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