'''Charles-François Gounod''' (; 17 June 181817 October or 18 October 1893)Harding, James. ''Gounod'', Stein & Day, 1973.[ Biography] at charles-gounod.comSlonimsky, Nicholas, ed. ''Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians,'' 7th ed. 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 the assistance of Camille Saint-Saëns to the organ and Gabriel Fauré conducting. He was buried in Paris, at the Montparnasse Cemetery.