Sheet Music: Marche Funèbre d'une Marionette

TitleMarche Funèbre d'une Marionette
Alternate titlesFuneral March of a Marionette
ComposerCharles Gounod (1818–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-08-08
Last updated2009-08-08
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Funeral music, Marches, Romantic, Show-off pieces


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Saturday 8 August 2009

Tune of the Day: Marche Funèbre d'une Marionette

by Charles Gounod
Alfred Hitchcock Presents

The television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents (and its sequel, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour) introduced viewers to Charles Gounod’s little “Funeral March for a Marionette”, although most were none the wiser that they were hearing honest-to-goodness classical music. Gounod composed it in 1872 for an unfinished Suite Burlesque, apparently with tongue in cheek: killed in a duel, a marionette is being taken to his final resting place, but members of the funeral procession apparently cannot resist stopping off at a nearby tavern to take the edge off their grief!