Charles Gounod was a French composer of the Romantic era. He is most well known for his operas, particularly Faust, and his rendition of Ave Maria, of which the arrangement below elegantly translates the vocal work to the string medium.
The son of two parents, Gounod first began his studies with his pianist mother, developing his initial musical talents. He would later enter the Paris Conservatoire. In 1839, he won the Prix de Rome for his cantata Fernand. Though he had some smaller-scale successes, his opera Faust was his first truly great victory in the commercial and professional world, and one which immortalized memory of the composer.
Later in life, Gounod became more interested in the sacred works from prior centuries, studying the music of Palestrina and other composers.
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