Charles Gounod

1818 - 1893

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Charles-François Gounod (; French: [ʃaʁl fʁɑ̃swa ɡuno]; 17 June 1818 – 18 October 1893), usually known as Charles Gounod, was a French composer. He wrote twelve operas, of which the most popular has always been Faust (1859); his Roméo et Juliette (1867) also remains in the international repertory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Gounod has received more than 747,139 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Charles Gounod is the 66th most popular composer (up from 68th in 2019), the 268th most popular biography from France (down from 249th in 2019) and the 10th most popular French Composer.

Charles Gounod is most famous for his opera Faust, which is based on the novel of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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Among composers, Charles Gounod ranks 66 out of 1,451Before him are Henry Purcell, Astor Piazzolla, Johann Christian Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Jules Massenet, and Leonard Bernstein. After him are Anton Webern, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Alessandro Scarlatti, John Williams, Stefania Turkewich, and Alexander Scriabin.

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Among people born in 1818, Charles Gounod ranks 8Before him are James Prescott Joule, Emily Brontë, Alexander II of Russia, Ignaz Semmelweis, Ivan Turgenev, and Christian IX of Denmark. After him are Jacob Burckhardt, Lewis H. Morgan, Marius Petipa, Rudolf von Jhering, Adolf Anderssen, and Sophie of Württemberg. Among people deceased in 1893, Charles Gounod ranks 3Before him are Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Guy de Maupassant. After him are Jean-Martin Charcot, Patrice de MacMahon, Hippolyte Taine, Alexander of Battenberg, Rutherford B. Hayes, Jan Matejko, Edwin Booth, Josef Stefan, and Jules Ferry.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles Gounod ranks 268 out of 6,770Before him are Maurice Leblanc (1864), Philip I of France (1052), Jules Massenet (1842), Henry I of France (1008), Charles I of Anjou (1226), and Frédéric Passy (1822). After him are Pierre Corneille (1606), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Camille Claudel (1864), Louis, Dauphin of France (1729), Olympe de Gouges (1748), and Arsène Wenger (1949).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Charles Gounod ranks 10Before him are Maurice Ravel (1875), Hector Berlioz (1803), Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Erik Satie (1866), and Jules Massenet (1842). After him are Gabriel Fauré (1845), Josquin des Prez (1450), François Couperin (1668), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), and Léo Delibes (1836).