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Charles Gounod
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    (June 17, 1818-October 18, 1893)
    Wrote ‘Faust (1859)’ and ‘Roméo et Juliette (1864)’
    He was fanatically religious.
    He was also a sex maniac, which was not a happy combination.
    He joined a monastery, but got kicked out for having sex with women.
    While still married himself, he lived in a ménage à trois with another married couple.
    Fans of Goethe’s ‘Faust’ book consider the opera version a travesty.
    He knew a lot about Renaissance music.
    ‘Faust’ and ‘Roméo et Juliette’ are still performed today.
    ‘Faust’ was Queen Victoria’s favorite opera.
    His ‘Funeral March for a Marionette’ was used as Alfred Hitchcock’s theme music.

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