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Rea Beaumont

Charles Williams - The Dream of Olwen

Release Date: January 13, 2023

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Rea Beaumont performing at the Glenn Gould Studio theatre, 2013
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Rea Beaumont releases theme song “The Dream of Olwen” to celebrate 75th anniversary of film While I Live

Concert pianist Rea Beaumont celebrates the 75th anniversary of the film While I Live (1947), directed by John Harlow, with a recording of its famous theme song “The Dream of Olwen” by British composer Charles Williams (1893-1978).

In the film “While I Live,” a woman suffering from amnesia, arrives at the home of a composer-pianist named Olwen Trevelyan who fell to her death 25 years earlier while sleep-walking. When this mystery woman starts to play the composer’s last work (“The Dream of Olwen”) on the piano, the composer’s sister believes her to be Olwen reincarnated.

Recorded at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre’s Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Beaumont was inspired to record “The Dream of Olwen” because “this piece has a very important role in the film. It became an immensely popular work, known for its romanticism and brilliant virtuosity, similar to the style and difficulty of Rachmaninoff."

The music of composer Charles Williams [born Isaac Cozerbreit] is heard in over 50 films, including Director Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960) and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). Rea Beaumont is an internationally recognized Canadian concert pianist and composer, known for her powerful performances and “beautiful” albums (American Public Media) that have been broadcast in 15 countries.

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