Funeral March of a Marionette by Charles Gounod
Arranged by Lior Eitan for flute/piccolo, flute, alto, and bass flute
score and parts
In 1871-72, while residing in London, Gounod started to write a suite for piano called “Suite Burlesque”. After completing one movement, the Funeral March of a Marionette, he abandoned the suite and had the single movement published by Goddard and Co. In 1879 he orchestrated the piece.
The work is in the key of d minor, with a central section in D major. The score contains the following inscriptions in appropriate places:
- The Marionette is broken
- Murmurs of regret
- the Procession
- People stop for refreshments.
- Return to the house
The music was used to accompany at least two early films: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Welcome Danger (1929).
Alfred Hitchcock choose the piece as the theme music for his 1955 television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. It was through this program that the music achieved its widest audience, although few people would have been able to identify the composer or title.