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How Composer Gounod Works

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Charles Gounod, the great composer, ia a white haired, stoop ehouldered man, with Boft, smiling blue -yts ;;nd a fuU beard ol oíd gold oopionsly Btreaked witú tjray. and Ís muofa addicted to a scalskin cap anda hug# fur collí r. Ha is somewliat givea to posiiig n occasion, and there is just tho slightest suspieion of aiïectation in kis raanner, which ia profounily sympattetic, but this dissolves on ncouiiiataacö, aud helios a horror of anyt hing cola or st;;I. He is fond of sandwiching ois talk with poetic metaphcrs, and is aitiigether of an intensely religious and sentimental turn of mind. He is now feur and serenty, nnd lives, like Verdi, in complete seclusion savewhen comjjosing some opera or oratorio, when he hurries to the privacy of an oíd cathedral town and hires a lodging in its very quietest córner, subsequently obtaining from the cure an order to work in the cathedral, which permission is never refused, ko that it is quite a common thing in the churches of Amiens or Rouen to see him seated in the center of the choir, flourishing his arms, or else pacing to and fro, occasionally pen ning notes with frantic haste. ITew composers who have risen to emiaence have had more failures at the outset of their career than the author of "Faust. " It is now four and thirty years since the most successful of modera operas took the musical world by storm and placed Gounod at the head of operatic composers. This success was more remarkable seeing that, though Goethe's masterpiece had been previously set to music almost a hundred times, not one of these efforts was ered worthy of the


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