Inspired by Gounod
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Bizet: 10 facts about the great composer
2. Inspired by Gounod
A brilliant student, Bizet won many prizes for his outstanding piano playing. The composer Gounod became a lasting influence on his musical style. Shortly after his 17th birthday, Bizet wrote his own symphony, which bore a close resemblance to Gounod's – note for note in some passages.