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Charles Gounod
(1818-1893)


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Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies, and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them.
-- Gounod, speaking of his period in Provence, 1863, quoted in J Harding, Gounod (1973)

My humiliating profession of decomposer of music.
Gounod, speaking of the demands for changes to his opera, Mireille, quoted in J Harding, Gounod (1973)

I fight against the void. I think I've written something acceptable, and then, when I look at it again, I find it execrable.
Gounod, 1870, quoted in J Harding, Gounod (1973)

To be a great artist is not necessarily to be an honorable man.
-- Georges Bizet, referring to Gounod, quoted in W Dean, Bizet (1975)

You were the beginning of my life as an artist. I sprang from you, You are the cause and I am the consequence.
-- Georges Bizet, letter to Gounod, 1872


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