Charles Gounod

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Charles Gounod

Charles-François Gounod (Paris, France, 1818 - Saint-Coud, France, 1893) was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria as well as his operas Faust (based on the play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) and Roméo et Juliette (based on the William Shakespeare play). In 1839, Gounod won the Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata Ferdinand.

He was a major influence on the French composers Georges Bizet, Gabriel Faure and Jules Massenet, and was admired by Maurice Ravel.

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