Many professionals have said what a brilliant idea it is to have an unaccompanied work showcasing the different characteristics of the concert flute, alto flute and piccolo, yet playable entirely on flute for those without the other instruments. Dedicated to Rachel Smith it is a fun work with good contrasts.
Review: "I am very privileged to have this unique collection of three pieces encompassing all three members of the flute family. I have played them many times in recital and they always are received well and enjoyed. Extremely well crafted and virtuosic short pieces, with a luscious middle movement on alto flute." - Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL - October 2012
Review: "Three Flute Diversions by Paul Lewis is for flute, alto flute and piccolo - one diversion each, all unaccompanied - but all three movements may be played on the C flute. Flute Flourish, for flute in C, is quite playful and jolly and covers the complete range of the instrument using grace notes, flutter-tonguing and oodles of dynamics. The second movement, Alto Flute Elegy, is perfectly suited to the alto flutes darker colours. It reaches up to a high G and its technical demands are grade 4-5. Piccolo Polka is a charming and easily accessible work, not too difficult (about grade 5). Lewis has an impressive musical history: his TV scores include Arthur of the Britons, The Prisoner of Zenda, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Benny Hill Show" - Ann Cherry in Music Teacher September 2006
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- Flute Flourish
- Alto Flute Elegy
- Piccolo Polka