June 18, 1818, Paris, France.
October 18, 1893, Saint-Cloud, France.
Cimetière d’Auteuil, Paris, France.
Charles was the son of François Louis Gounod.
He entered the Conservatoire in 1836, studying under Halévy and others, gaining the Grand Prix de Rome in 1839. After spending some years in Italy and Germany, he returned to Paris, where he spent the rest of his life, except 1870–75, when he lived in England.
He was elected a member of the Institut de France in 1866.
In the secular world, one of Gounod’s most played works is Funeral March of the Marionettes, which was the basis of the theme song for the television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–62).