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Charles Gounod

gounod-classical-stock-music.jpgCharles-François Gounod (1818-1893) was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera FaustUniqueTracks is proud to license classical production music recordings of the Ave Maria.  Other Gounod compositions for licensing are the several movements of his Messe Solennelle.

Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of Felix Mendelssohn, introduced the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach to Gounod, who came to revere Bach. For him, The Well-Tempered Clavier was "the law to pianoforte study...the unquestioned textbook of musical composition". It inspired Gounod to devise a melody and superimpose it on the C major Prelude (BWV 846) from the collection's first book. To this melody, in 1859 (after the deaths of both Mendelssohn siblings), Gounod fitted the words of the Ave Maria, resulting in a setting that became world-famous.

In 1854, Gounod completed a Messe Solennelle, also known as the St. Cecilia Mass. This work was first performed in its entirety in the church of St. Eustache in Paris on Saint Cecilia's Day, 22 November 1855; from this rendition dates Gounod's fame as a noteworthy composer.

Gounod died at Saint-Cloud in 1893, after a final revision of his twelve operas. His funeral took place ten days later at the Church of the Madeleine, with the assistance of Camille Saint-Saëns to the organ and Gabriel Fauré conducting. He was buried in Paris, at the Montparnasse Cemetery.

The UniqueTracks Stock Music Library is able to license these recordings for many different media uses.  You can configure your license right here on this website by choosing your usage type from the drop-down box when you click the "License/Buy this Track" link.

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  • Ave Maria - Gounod (J.S. Bach)

  • Kyrie Eleison - Messe solennelle de Saint-Cecile

  • Gloria In Excelsis - Messe solennelle de Saint-Cecile

  • Credo In Unum Deum - Messe solennelle de Saint-Cecile

  • Offertorium - Messe solennelle de Saint-Cecile

  • Sanctus - Messe solennelle de Saint-Cecile

  • Benedictus - Messe solennelle de Saint-Cecile

  • Agnus Dei - Messe solennelle de Saint-Cecile