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Paul Lewis - Retrospective Family Portraits (Flute, 'Cello & Piano)

Paul Lewis - Retrospective Family Portraits (Flute, 'Cello & Piano)

Retrospective Family Portraits, written in 2002, four and a half years after the composer and his former wife parted company, is a deeply felt work. Lyrical and joyful but with an emotional sting in the tail, it is idiomatically written for the three instruments in the composer's usual Anglo-French melodic style. The three movements are: Kim - the family dog - a white Boxer, pictured galumphing along Somerset country lanes before taking off across the fields in joyful pursuit of rabbits and moles, finally returning home to sink exhausted into her basket. Geneviève - the composer's former wife - French, blonde, gracious, artistic and a wonderful cook, though not without her more enigmatic moments. Rowena - the composer's daughter - memories of the young Rowena on happy holidays in France pervade the music until, without warning, the mood changes towards the end; composer and daughter had not met since the family break-up four and a half years previously, and the music calls out Rowena's name into the distance, as did the composer's heart.  The premiere took place as part of the 2002 Brighton Festival Fringe, and was performed by the Hilser Trio with Rachel Smith on flute, Rachel Firmager on 'Cello and Yoko Ono on Piano.

Review: "This charming three movement trio for flute cello piano trio is a valuable addition to the repertoire for this popular combination in the true well written playful style of Paul’s. I gave the premiere performance with the Hilser Trio and we have performed it a number of times - which have been well received as have many positive comments that it adds variety to a standard classical repertoire programme. In three movements, each dedicated to a member of his family, using the three instruments well, showing off their individual characteristics and each having the tune. For the flute it covers the entire range with some demanding passages, and fits well with the cello and piano with some rehearsing - but well worth the effort and some lovely melodious tunes. Audience friendly and fun to play. Around 10 mins in total." - Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL - May 2015

Order Code B&D13208
Weight 0.20 kg
Media Sheet Music
Composer Paul Lewis
Instrumentation Flute, 'Cello & Piano
Difficulty Difficult
Series Piano Trio, Flute Magic & Simply Strings
Availability Shipped within 5 Days
Our price: £16.95 (US$22.54)
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