Song 27:365 is I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Misérables. Based on the original J’avais rêvé d’une autre vie in the original 1980 Paris production, this is one of Fantine’s biggest songs in the show. I hope you enjoy my version.
Song 4:365 is On My Own from the musical Les Misérables in which Éponine expresses her unrequited love for Marius. Although this song is one of the most well-loved in the show, it didn’t feature in the original French version. Instead the melody was used in a song performed by Fantine, L’Air de la Misère.
The Les Misérables film is being shown on UK TV for the first time tonight so I thought I’d play something from the show. I played a number of songs from Les Mis in 2010, some of which are on my Curtain Up collection, and earlier this year I played the new song from the film, Suddenly.
Red and Black is an interesting song. The student revolutionaries have formed themselves into an organisation called “La Société des Amis de l’ABC” and the café where they meet is referred to as the ABC Café (although in the original book it’s called the Café Musain). When said in French the letters ABC sound something like “ah-bay-say” which is a play on the word abaissé, meaning oppressed, so the students are “the friends of the oppressed”.
The students are meeting to plan the June Rebellion and their meeting is interrupted by the arrival of Marius who ruins the serious atmosphere with his tales of his newfound love, Cosette. For Marius red represents “his soul on fire” and “the colour of desire”, and black is “my world when she’s not there” and “the colour of despair”. For the rest of the students red is “the blood of angry men” and “a world about to dawn”, while black is “the dark of ages past” and “the night that ends at last”.
I hope you enjoy my performance of this song. To hear more August songs, click here. If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about why I’m trying to record a piano tune every day here.
Don’t worry – Angry Anderson hasn’t made it to my piano tune collection! Suddenly is a beautiful song written especially for the film adaptation of Les Misérables. Apparently when he was reading the book in preparation for making the movie, director Tom Hooper realised that there was no song in the stage show which showed Valjean’s acceptance of fatherhood as he took Cosette under his wing. Claude-Michel Schoenberg had never included such a song because he felt that it was too intimate a moment for the stage and was something that could only be captured on camera. Along with lyricists Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer they came up with the idea of Valjean suddenly realising his purpose in life, and the song was quickly written, ready for the film. There’s more information about this song and clips of the film on this behind-the-scenes video. I hope you enjoy my version.
I thought of this song last night when I was trying a long exposure to photograph the lovely starry sky (see below) but I figured that I’d probably already played it in my last 365 Songs challenge. However, it turns out that I didn’t play Stars first time round, so here’s the powerful song from Les Misérables today. I hope you enjoy this (and the photo below!)
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