Tune of the Day: Si un jour
This tune was originally composed by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi for the overture to his opera La Forza del Destino (“The Force of Destiny”), which premiered in 1862. In 1986, the theme was rearranged by Jean-Claude Petit for use in the French historical drama film Jean de Florette, which brought it to a huge audience.
Although both the original opera version and the film version were purely instrumental, lyrics were later added, giving birth to the song “Si un jour” (“If one day”). One of the best recent recordings of this piece is by the British soprano Natasha Marsh on her 2007 album Amour.