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Funeral March of a Marionette (“Alfred Hitchcock Presents” Theme)

By Charles Gounod (1818 –1893)

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Brass Quintet - Intermediate
Composed by Charles Gounod (1818 –1893). Arranged by F. Leslie Smith. Romantic Period, TV, Halloween, Children's Music, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.136443).

Item Number: S0.136443

Gounod wrote this in 1872 as a piano piece and orchestrated it seven years later. He originally conceived of it as one part of a satirical suite, the subject of which had nothing to do with puppetry. Once it was completed, however, he had it published as a stand-alone composition with the present title. The occasion of the music is that the Marionette has lost a duel and died; a funeral cortege takes place; the bereaved troupe takes a break then returns to the cortege. Recorded numerous times, the music was also used in several early films but reached its largest audience by far as the theme song for the TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1955-1965. The current arrangement is based on the composer’s original piano score but has been augmented slightly to take advantage of brass quintet instrumentation.

Completed in 2016, this arrangement runs about 5 minutes, 8 seconds. Contact the arranger, Les Smith, at lessmith@ufl.edu If you like this novelty number, be sure to check out Sweetwater's "Goodbye! So Long! I'm Headin' Home!" "Hello! Ma Baby," "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey," "Somebody Stole My Gal" and "Teddy Bears' Picnic". For more arrangements by Les, type thefollowing into the sheetmusicplus Search box: Sweetwater Brass Press.



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