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The French landscape, towns and cities have entranced composers and inspired them to create superb classical works. To mark the Classic FM Full Works Concert's French Week, here is our own tour of the best French views and the music they inspired.
Gounod spent three months in Provence visiting the sites of the action for his opera and meeting the Occitan poet Mistral who wrote the original verse on which it is based. Presenting class differences in a rural setting was not usual at the time and the opera is a rich showcase for Provençal traditions, beliefs and customs. Gounod was treated to a banquet by the townspeople of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
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