The Bell (Gounod, Charles)

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Misc. Notes Edited from autograph manuscript BnF MS-22693
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Work Title The Bell
Alternative. Title
Composer Gounod, Charles
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CG 382
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICG 200
Key D major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1872
Librettist Ingeborg Bröcher
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation Voices: 2 mixed choruses (SATB/SATB)
Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (A), 2 bassoons
2 horns (D), 2 trumpets (D), timpani, bass drum, cymbal, triangle,
harp, strings (see below, Comments)
Primary Sources BnF

Misc. Comments

Though BnF has an autograph manuscript that has the accompaniment as orchestral, Grove Music says the accompaniment was piano. BnF also says this was in a collection of 6 New Part Songs, second series, no.3. It is unknown whether the orchestral version pre-dates the collection, or even if that collection had piano accompaniment (though it probably did). Tagged for both for now, and subject to correction.