A California Story
Gounod's father Dionys Heberling was born in #### ####, becoming a popular musician in the 1880s with his Hungarian Orchestra. At some point he became a favorite musician for Queen Maria of Romania. The queen honored him by changing his family name to de Romandy, or "violinist of the gypsies."
In 1893 under the sponsorship of theater promoter #####, de Romandy, his band, and wife Emma left Europe for the golden shores of California. Romandy's Hungarian Band entertained at the famous music theaters of the time, traveling throughout the west and California from San Fracisco to San Diego.
1893 a Momentous Year
It was in the momentous year of 1893 that Romandy's gypsies played the Edgewater Inn, Colorado Springs, Colorado, performed at the World's Fair in Chicago, and finally settled down for a three-month gig at the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego. That summer baby Gounod was born on the hotel grounds.
From Graumann's to Disney - Painting and Playing Music
Gounod's art comes alive with the giclee process on museum-grade art paper and canvas, framed and matted, or just the print. Gallery Link