Pauline Frechette - 'One Wish'
Review by Patrick Joseph
“One Wish” is a whimsical and emotional work of art. Frechette’s composition is succinct and highly effective in its delivery. Melodic expressions are intricately developed through the piece, which also offers harmonic complexity and lyrical poignance. A string section adds sonic depth to the piece, while a beautiful piano and a highly expressive vocal track will draw listeners into the music. The overall sound of the music is enticing and thrilling.
Lyrically, “One Wish” is reflective and nostalgic.
“If I had one wish, You would see me again, We would not say goodbye, Time would stop with the enchantment of dawn.”
The expressive melodic delivery of these lyrics injects them with emotion.
“Late night conversations, ‘neath the grand piano, Sipping wine and searching for our destiny.”
A slice of the human experience is captured bravely in these retrospective sentiments.
The arrangement of “One Wish” is masterfully done. The opening section, which returns again and again, flows wonderfully and ends in a musical “ellipsis” which sets up contrasting sections perfectly. The second section develops and reaches a dynamic peak which leads back into the first in a highly satisfying transition. The vocal take is refined and expertly executed. The string arrangement is inspired, and the piano performance is superb. There is a rich, delicate quality to this music that highlights its drama and makes you want to listen again and again. Another masterpiece by Frechette.
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About Pauline Frechette
Pauline Frechette is a composer/performer with a foundation of playing in youth symphonies on violin, winning awards in piano competitions, touring Europe singing and dancing as a teen, and studying acting in England. Her Great-grandfather, Josef Vezina, founded the Quebec Symphony. Her compositions are best defined as “Neo-classical” DEF. “The use of modern techniques within the classical form composing music that reflects one’s own compositional voice.” Her compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. As composer/lyricist her musicals have been produced at The Goodspeed Opera House, the LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and the Baruch Theatre in NYC.
As a singer/performer, she considers herself a 21st Century “troubadour” DEF. “a contemporary poet-musician.” Her credits include singing on major motion pictures (Aladdin, Rent, Mermaids …) performing/recording with many legendary artists including MUSE for the 2012 Olympics; Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Cher, and duets with Neil Diamond. In solo concerts, Pauline takes her audience on an emotional journey with humor and passion often playing her compositions to videos of dance, art, and other forms of storytelling.
Her albums, "An Intimate Story” and "Colors of My Heart” debuted on Billboard’s Top Ten Classical and Classical Crossover charts. She is currently recording an album with her husband, David Campbell, featuring his string quartet, her cello suite, and ballet she was commissioned to compose titled “L’essence du Printemp” (The Essence of Spring.) The ballet will have its World Premiere with the New West Symphony featuring the Pacific Festival Ballet Company in April 2022. Her music has millions of listeners in 150 countries. Pauline won the 2020 W.A.M. Award for Best Instrumental.
Learn more on her Website