Composer: Charles Gounod
Instrument: Flute Quartet
Arranged by Lior Eitan
Duration: 6 min.
In 1871-72, while residing in London, Gounod started to write a suite for piano called "Suite Burlesque". After completing one movement, the Funeral March of a Marionette, he abandoned the suite and had the single movement published by Goddard & Co.
In 1879 he orchestrated the piece.
The work is in the key of D minor, with a central section in D major.
The score contains the following inscriptions in appropriate places:
The Marionette is broken.
Murmurs of regret.
People stop for refreshments.
Return to the house.
The music was used to accompany at least two early films:
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Welcome Danger (1929)
Alfred Hitchcock choose the piece as the theme music for his 1955 television series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". It was through this program that the music achieved its widest audience, although few people would have been able to identify the composer or title.
About the composer +
Charles-François Gounod (17 June 1818 – 17 or 18 October 1893) was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust. Another opera by Gounod occasionally still performed is Roméo et Juliette.
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 Camille Saint-Saëns playing the organ and Gabriel Fauré conducting. He was buried at the Cimetière d'Auteuil in Paris.
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