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  • Nationality: French
  • 1818 - 1893
  • You might know him for: Ave Maria


Charles Gounod, French composer and best known for his opera “Faust”, was born on 17. June 1818 in Paris. His mother, a pianist, gave him piano lessons at an early age. Gounod was educated at the Lycee St.Louis and from 1835 on privately studied music with Anton Reicha. He entered the Paris conservatory in 1836, where Halevy and LeSueur were his teachers, and won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1839 with his cantata “Fernand”. After that Gounod went to Rome to study the old masters, especially Palestrina. He left Rome in 1842 and took a route via Vienna, Berlin and Leipzig to return to Paris. While in Leipzig, Mendelssohn arranged a performance of his “Scottish Symphony” for Gounod and also gave him a recital of organ works by Bach at the Thomaskirche.

Back in Paris Gounod became an organist and for two years occupied himself with studying theology at St.Sulpice (1846.48). But finally he decided not to enter the priesthood and turned towards writing operas. His first composition “Sapho” (1851) was not favourably received by the public, but “Faust”, based on Goethe`s tragedy brought a breakthrough in 1859 and is still regarded as his masterpiece. Though most of his twelve operas are not performed nowadays Gounod is a respected and well known composer representing the French “Opera lyrique”. From 1870 till 1874 Gounod spent four years in London where he founded “Gounod`s Choir” which became the “Royal Choral Society”.

In later years the deeply religious Gounod devoted himself almost entirely to writing church music. Many of his oratorios were first produced in England. But due to his lyrical style that was often too sentimental his works were soon forgotten. His 1852 “Meditation sur le ler prelude de Bach”, adopted from the prelude of Bach´s “Well tempered Clavier”, which he set the “Ave Maria” text to in 1859 made him famous. He is also well known because of the signature tune of the U.S. television series “Alfred Hitchcock presents” which is the main theme of Gounod`s “Marche funebre d`une marionette” (Funeral march of a puppet). Gounod became a grand officer of the Legion of Honour in 1888; he died at St.Cloud on 18. October 1893.




Song Title Arrangements Image
Ah Je Veux Vivre 1
Piano
Ah Je Veux Vivre
Ave Maria 135
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Flute, Lyrics & Chords, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, SAB, SATB, Trombone, Guitar TAB, Trumpet, French Horn, Violin, Viola, Tenor Saxophone, Ukulele, Cello, Organ, Banjo, Lead Sheet, TTBB
Ave Maria
Ave Maria (Gounod) 6
Piano
 
Faites-lui mes aveux (Faust) 1
Piano, Vocal
Faites-lui mes aveux (Faust)
Flower Song 1
Piano
Flower Song
Funeral March Of A Marionette 20
Piano, Accordion, Violin, Viola, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Ukulele, Guitar TAB, Cello
Funeral March Of A Marionette
Juliet's Waltz Song 1
Accordion
Juliets Waltz Song
Matinee de Mai (May Morning) 1
Piano
Matinee de Mai (May Morning)
Meditation on the Prelude by J.S. Bach (Ave Maria) 1
Piano
Meditation on the Prelude by J.S. Bach (Ave Maria)
Prelude 2
Piano
Prelude
Soldier's Chorus (from 'Faust') 1
Piano
Soldiers Chorus (from Faust)
Soldier's Chorus (from Faust) 1
Piano
Soldiers Chorus (from Faust)
Sonata For Violin & Piano In A Major, 1st Movement 1
Piano
Sonata For Violin & Piano In A Major, 1st Movement
The Cross Of Calvary 1
Piano, Vocal
The Cross Of Calvary
The Pipers 1
Piano
The Pipers
Valentins Gebet aus 'Margarete' 1
Piano, Vocal
Valentins Gebet aus Margarete
Waltz From Faust 2
Lyrics & Chords, Piano
Waltz From Faust
Waltz (from 'Faust') 1
Piano
Waltz (from Faust)