Paul Lewis – Impromptu (Flute, Violin or Harmonica & Harp)
A melodic and reflective miniature by Paul Lewis, giving the chance to display legato technique and the expressive possibilities of the instruments. Requires sensitivity of performance and use of rubato.
A melodic and reflective miniature by Paul Lewis, giving the chance to display legato technique and the expressive possibilities of the instruments. Requires sensitivity of performance and use of rubato. Review: "Impromptu has a lovely melodic tune in the flute part, which is repeated with decoration and in different keys for variety. This piece shows the ability Paul has to write a luscious melody for the flute which sits well and demonstrates its lyrical qualities. The piece is very accessible and audience friendly, and around grade 5-6 level and would be suitable for a recital or advanced pupil to play in a school concert." – Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL – December 2012
Paul Lewis, born in 1943 in Brighton, England, has composed prolifically for British television since the age of 20, as well as producing a large body of tonal and melodic concert works. His TV scores for drama series such as Arthur of the Britons and The Prisoner of Zenda, children's series such as Seal Morning and Woof! and comedies such as Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Benny Hill Show have been heard all around the world. His instrumental works, several of which are in the U.K. exam syllabuses, are usually happy and romantic, inspired mostly by favourite places, close musician friends and loved ones. The Campion Cameo label has issued a CD of his TV themes, and his orchestral concert music appears on CD alongside the music of other English composers such as Arnold, Holst and Delius. Some of Paul's flute and harmonica works published by Broadbent & Dunn are also available on Campion Cameo. See www.paullewiscomposer.com for full details.
Two liltingly romantic waltzes, the second marked Gently Swinging. The first is based on a short ballet sequence on Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and the Rose, composed for The Rose of Puddle Fratrum, an episode of the ITV childrens series Dramarama in the late 1970s. The work is an example of late twentieth century French-influenced romanticism, with a gentle jazz feeling in the second waltz and no reference whatsoever to modernist musical trends. It is extremely grateful to play and always pleases audiences. For secondary schools, colleges, conservatories and professionals.
In five movements, each with an engaging title, this is a substantial concert work which can serve as a principal item when programme building. Always tuneful and with a great variety of moods, it is a valuable addition to the flute and harp repertoire.