Saint- Cloud, near Paris) French composer noted particularly for his operas, of which the most famous is Faust. Gounod’s father was a painter, and his mother was a capable pianist who gave Gounod his early training in music. He was educated at the Lyc.
After taking his degree in philosophy, he began to study music with the Bohemian composer Anton Reicha. On Reicha’s death Gounod entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied under Fromental Hal. Three years later his cantata. Fernand won him the Prix de Rome for music, an award that entailed a three- year stay in Rome at the Villa Medici. In Italy Gounod devoted a considerable amount of his attention to the works of Giovanni da Palestrina, an Italian Renaissance composer. From Rome he proceeded to Vienna, where a mass and requiem, composed in Italy, were performed in 1. Returning to Paris, he passed through Prague, Dresden, and Berlin and met Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig.
In Paris, Gounod became organist and choirmaster at the Church of the Missions . In 1. 84. 6 he entered the seminary of Saint- Sulpice but in 1. A requiem and a Te Deum that he had started writing the previous year remained unfinished, and he turned to composing for the operatic stage. The reception of his earliest operas, Sapho (1. La Nonne sanglante (1.
The Bloody Nun”), was not very enthusiastic, despite favourable reviews by the composer Hector Berlioz. In his Messe de Sainte- C.
An excursion into comic opera followed with Le M. From 1. 85. 2 Gounod worked on Faust, using a libretto by M. The production of Faust on March 1. French opera. This work has continued to overshadow all of Gounod’s subsequent stage works, including Phil. From 1. 87. 0 he spent five years in London, formed a choir to which he gave his name (and which later became the Royal Choral Society), and devoted himself almost entirely to the writing of oratorios. Gallia, a lamentation for solo soprano, chorus, and orchestra, inspired by the French military defeat of 1.
Charles Gounod (1818–1893) Soundtrack . Add a bio, trivia, and more. Faust is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carr.
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Jonas Kaufmann, Faust; Elena Mosuc, Marguerite; Carlo Colombara, M Story of Faust: Gounod's Faust is loosely based on the three part tragedy, Faust, by Goethe. Setting of Faust: Gounod's opera, Faust takes place during 16th century Germany. Faust, ACT 1 Faust is an aging old scholar, who.
La R. He was made a grand officier of the Legion of Honour in 1. Gounod’s melodic vein is unmistakably original, though often oversentimental.
He knew how to write for the voice and was also a skillful orchestrator; but in his operas his sense of musical characterization, though rarely devoid of charm, is often excessively facile, and the religiosity displayed in his sacred music is too often superficial. His Meditation (Ave Maria) superimposed on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude in C Major (from The Well- Tempered Clavier, Book I) illustrates both his inventiveness and ease as a melodist and his na. The operas Faust,Mireille, and Le M.