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This selection form Gounod's work does not have the sunny disposition of the selections of other composers such as Faure but the steel drum and Moog synthesizer arrangements add drama to all three pieces. Gounod's Ave Maria is based on the first prelude from JS Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and the harp adds an extra sweetness to the tone of this arrangement. The music for Gunod's Marionette's Funeral March was composed in London, as part of the incidental music for the musical play Jeanne d' Arc. It has since become famous as the theme music for the Alfred Hitchcock television series.
His Gallia is a biblical funeral cantata. It was composed in London in 1871 for the InternationalExhibition that marked the opening of the Royal Albert Hall, while Gounod was seeking shelter fromthe Franco Prussian war. It is said to express the outrage of the French people against the atrocitiesof the war and at one stage the steel drums in this arrangement give a strong impression of tolling bells.