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Pauline Frechette - 'The Mischievous Fairie'
Review by Patrick Joseph & Staff
“The Mischievous Fairie” is playful from the outset. The use of staccato rhythmic figures create a playful, endearing tone. This piece expresses an intriguing narrative which grabs the listener’s attention. The clearly delineated storyline takes listeners on a journey open to interpretation. Frechette shows impressive command over her composition by masterfully rolling out the overall shape of the piece and rapidly developing each new section.
Expressive rhythmic phrases are explored and give the feeling of weightlessness, as if we are immersed in the story. Frechette (composer/piano) and Peacock (violin) create and amazing fullness of sound that with just two instruments. Performances here are spotless without losing the feeling of humanity. Listeners will fall in love with Frechette’s chord voicings which add tremendous depth to spirited melodies. The duo plays together remarkably well, alternatively defining each individual voice and weaving together to create one unified tone.
Its remarkable how many places this piece goes to only a short time. An unexpected emotionally poignant section emerges and floods the listener with a sense of significance when least expected. When we return to the spiteful staccato sound we feel a new sense of connection with the music, making the song even more enjoyable. Remarkable performances deliver a beautifully written and enchanting piece of music in “The Mischievous Fairie.”
About Pauline Frechette
PaulineFrechette is a contemporary, classical composer with a background that started with playing in youth symphonies on violin and winning awards in piano competitions. Her Great-grandfather, Josef Vezina, founded the Quebec Symphony and her father, Frigon Louis Frechette, was a renowned organist. Fans and critics response to her music: “pure magic” “haunting” “poetry” “captivating beyond words” … The music and songs she creates are uniquely her own - songs that defy being labeled. Her melodies and harmonies are romantic and passionate. They take you to unexpected places and are emotionally driven yet each piece is around 3 minutes long or shorter.
Pauline’s music reflects her philosophy: “Today travel is fast, communication is fast, conversations are clipped via email or texts. What about romantic music that has the emotional beauty of melody, harmony and development, but the entire piece takes 2 minutes?” Her compositions are gems that spark the 21st century need for private inspiration, sensual beauty or glowing romanticisim. Her music gives a modern impression of romantic beauty with melody, harmony and flow similar to works from the 19th century but with a modern depth of feeling and personal reflection. A Frechette romantic miniature fills the need for warm flow, deeper meaning or emotional lift to a higher plane - in the time it took to prepare and consume an espresso.
Frechette’s albums, Colors of My Heart and An Intimate Story debuted at #3 in the Billboard Top Ten in Classical and Jazz. Her music is being played in over 150 countries to millions of listeners on radio and in stores and restaurants. Her compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center Concert, Cincinnati Symphony and at Disney Concert Hall. Pauline recently won the W.A.M. Award for “Best Instrumental” and is an official entry for the 2021 Grammy Awards. Her new holiday album, “A Winters Tale”, is currently available throughout the world.
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