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Had fun accompanying my friend Romina on this. I got some ideas for this arrangement by listening to some different piano solo versions of this, including one particularly good one by Bryan Pezzone.
"I Dreamed a Dream" is a song from the musical Les Misérables. It is a solo that is sung by the character Fantine during the first act. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with orchestrations by John Cameron. The English lyrics are by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the original French libretto by Alain Boublil from the original French production.
The song is a lament, sung by the anguished, dying Fantine, who has just been fired from her job at the factory and thrown onto the streets. She thinks back to happier days and wonders at all that has gone wrong in her life.
In the original Musical, the song occurs after Fantine has been fired, and before "Lovely Ladies". In the 2012 film adaptation, these two musical numbers are swapped around, to place dramatic emphasis on Fantine's depressing descent into prostitution.
Rose Laurens (1980)
Patti LuPone (1985)
Randy Graff (1987)
Michael Crawford (1987)
Neil Diamond (1987)
David Essex (1987)
Julie Anthony (1988)
Martin Nievera (1989)
Laurie Beechman (1990)
Aretha Franklin (1991)
Helena Vondráčková (1992)
Elaine Paige (1993)
Mandy Patinkin (1994)
Ruthie Henshall (1995)
Michael Ball (1996)
Andrea McArdle (1996)
Petula Clark (2001)
Hayley Westenra (2001)
Kare Kauks (2001)
Allison Crowe (2005)
Daphne Rubin-Vega (2006)
Lea Salonga (2007)
Judy Kuhn (2007)
Susan Egan (2008)
Susan Boyle (2009)
Lea Michele and Idina Menzel (2010)
Rose Jang (2010)
Kika Edgar (2011)
Katherine Jenkins (2011)
Anne Hathaway (2012)
Romina Arena (2012)
Josh Groban and Michael Ball sung a duet at the end of Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Broadcast December 21, 2010).
Joe McElderry recorded the song for his second album Classic.
Katherine Jenkins released a French cover of the song in her 8th studio album Daydream.
Kika Edgar recorded a Spanish cover titled Un sueño que alguna vez soñé for her album Broadway.
In 2011, Celtic Woman performed "I Dreamed a Dream" as part of their 2011 'Believe' tour, recorded by PBS at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The song was one of two songs sung as 'A Tribute to Broadway', the other song being 'Circle of Life' from the Disney movie The Lion King. The song, which was only released on DVD and as part of the TV special, was sung by Lisa Kelly and Chloë Agnew.
In December 2012 Pop Classical Crossover artist Romina Arena released an Italian version of the song. "Un Sogno Che Sognai" was released December 4, 2012 on Perseverance Records as a single
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