- Steven Huebner
(b Paris, 17 June 1818; d Saint-Cloud, 18 Oct 1893). French composer. Best known today as the composer of the opera Faust and an Ave Maria descant to the first prelude of J.S. Bach's Das wohltemperirte Clavier, Gounod wrote in most of the major genres of his day, sacred and secular. That his reputation began to wane even during his lifetime does not detract from his place among the most respected and prolific composers in France during the second half of the 19th century....