This work, consisting of four melodic pieces inspired by the infant children of friends of the composer, is in an uncomplicatedly melodic style being evocative of the innocence of childhood, and is very pleasing to perform and to listen to. Lullaby for Laura did its job when, on hearing it for the first time, Laura fell asleep in her mother’s arms. Tallulah’s Tune is based on the rhythm of her names. Poppy’s Waltz was inspired by a neighbours little blonde girl in her garden, and Keris Mae was introduced to the composer in a playground, hence the playful nature of her piece. Premiered in London by Rachel Smith (a regular interpreter of Lewis’s music) accompanied by Rachel Fryer on the 1st August 2005. Named as a finalist in the 2012 National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition, Pictures of Childhood is for secondary schools, colleges, conservatories and professionals. The first movement Lullaby for Laura was a Grade 6 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam piece between 2018 and 2021.
Review: “Another delightful piece for flute and piano, representing children of four family friends of Paul’s and written for me in 2004. Three charming movements total 12 minutes, varying in style and mood. Another nice addition to the contemporary repertoire for flute and piano, but accessible and melodious.” – Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL – October 2012