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Hyperion Records

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The Ball Supper (detail) (1878) by Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905)
Track(s) taken from CDH55477
Recording details: July 1997
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1998
Total duration: 4 minutes 24 seconds

Marche funèbre d'une marionnette
composer
1872; orchestral arrangement dates from 1878

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Charles Gounod (1818–1893) can justifiably be regarded as the central figure in French music of the third quarter of the nineteenth century. His compositions included symphonies, songs and religious works, though he is best known for operas such as Faust. The charming Marche funèbre d’une marionnette (‘Funeral march of a marionette’) was first published as a piano piece in 1872, and its popularity was such that Gounod provided an orchestral version six years later.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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