Charles-François Gounod (IPA: [ɡuno]; 17 June ? 18 October ) was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria as well as his operas Faust and. Charles Gounod: Marche pontificale (‘Marche romaine’) – Play streams in full or download MP3 from Classical Archives (), the largest and. Gounod’s Marche Pontificale was first performed in this new role during a ceremony on Christmas Eve of , one day before the opening.
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Gounod was born in Paris, the son of a pianist mother and a draftsman father. His mother was his first piano teacher. Under her tutelage, Gounod first showed his musical talents. Inhe won the Prix de Rome for his cantata Fernand.
He subsequently went to Italy where he studied the music of Palestrina. He concentrated on religious music of the sixteenth century. Around Gounod began studying for the priesthood but changed his mind and went back to composition.
In februaryGounod returned to civil life and began the composition of a ‘Messe Solennelle’, also known as the ‘Saint Cecilia Mass’. Two parts of this work were first performed in London during and began his reputation as a noteworthy composer.
Marche pontificale (Gounod, Charles)
He wrote two symphonies in Despite their charm and brilliance, Gounod’s symphonies are seldom performed. Martin in the Fields for Philips Records.
Gounod wrote his first opera, Sapho, inbut had no great success until Faustbased on the play by Goethe. This remains his best-known work.
The charming and highly goundo Mireille of is admired by ponhificale. There was a minor controversy surrounding Faust. Many critics believed it was a pontiificale advancement over Gounod’s previous works, but one critic went so far as to state his doubt that Gounod composed it, which prompted Gounod to challenge the critic to a duel.
The critic withdrew his statement. Much of Gounod’s music from this time is vocal or choral in nature. He became entangled with the amateur English singer Georgina Weldon, a relationship which ended in considerable acrimony.
Fanny Mendelssohn introduced the keyboard music of J. Bach to Gounod, who came to idolize Bach tremendously. For him, The Well-Tempered Clavier was ‘the law to pianoforte study Later in his life, Gounod returned to his early religious impulses, writing much religious music.
A spiritual man and devout Catholic, Gounod’s piano had a music-rack in which was carved an image of the face of Jesus. He died in in Saint-Cloud, France, as according to the legend he put the finishing touches to a requiem ‘Le Grand Requiem’ inspired by the death of his grandson, a major work which he was never to hear performed.
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