One of the most distinguished French musicians and composers of the 19th century, Charles Gounod (1813 – 1893)was from an artistic family. His father was a painter and architect, his mother a pianist and he was heavily influenced by Mozart, especially in his operas. He composed the Petite Symphonie in 1885 for a group of wind musicians called “La Trompette”, let by flautist Paul Taffanel. Originally for nine instruments – the single flute part being written for Taffanel – this four movement symphonietta is a tribute to the French wind instrument tradition.

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