pearlcd04: Musette Parisienne

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Tracks:
Caravelle
Adrian Dante
Piccolina Polka
Adrian Dante
Le Poussin
Adrian Dante
Tinarella
Pearl Fawcett
Douce Souvenance
Martin Gerard
Perlina
Adrian Dante
Musette Parisienne
Adrian Dante
Clockwork Polka
Martin Gerard
Letizia
Adrian Dante
Tippi
Pearl Fawcett
Silhouettes De Paris
Andrian Dante
Geraldina
Andrian Dante
     
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Description:
The title of this record - MUSETTE PARISIENNE - embodies the essence of Parisian accordion music, with the tremolo tuning of the instrument and the characteristic phrasing of the pieces. To most people, the word "musette" automatically suggests France, but this type of tuning has been used since the early stages of the accordion in most European countries for the different characteristic dances such as polkas, tarantellas, mazurkas and waltzes.

Although the pieces on this record can be described as "light music", a high standard of technique is required to produce the full expression, dynamics and phrasing necessary to give vitality and finesse. It sounds easy on the ear, but as with all music, it is not easy to interpret properly in order to create the atmosphere, which after all is the essential part of this type of music. Really, it is not what you do, but the way that you do it!

Usually, accordionists who play music of this genre have a backing group to provide the accompaniment and rhythm and, therefore, they do not normally play the left-hand basses of the accordion.

On this record, however, no backing group is used at all and the rhythmic accompaniment is provided purely by the left hand of the player - hence the description " ONE musician and ONE instrument". This rhythmic accompaniment comes from the electronic accordion basses. For most of the pieces the predominant treble sound is the musette register of the acoustic accordion, but here and there electronic accordion sounds are used at the same time to add colour.

Without doubt, Pearl Fawcett has achieved international recognition as an accordion virtuoso. Her success in concerts, both in England and abroad, and her frequent broadcasts demonstrate her musicianship and artistry. Her vast repertoire ranges from the classics to light music and no matter what kind of music she plays, her marvellous technique and control the instrument ensures the the music is interpreted to the full.

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