Lasting only 6½ minutes, Paul Lewis' Three Snippets For Four Saxes is a short, entertaining work for four Saxophones.
The piece is broken into three movements. 'Flourish' - a march-like fanfare with a suggestion of toy soldiers, 'Love Song' - with a deep emotional core, and 'Dislocated Rag' - a ragtime style element with recurring 7/8 bars thrown in to trip up the dancers.
'Dislocated Rag' is based on the composer's music for the 1984 mystery film 'The Case of Marcel Duchamp', about the famous French Dadaist artist. The piece is dedicated to The Fairer Sax, an all female quartet who gave the work its first performance in 1987 at the Marlborough Arts Festival.
Three Snippets For Four Saxes makes for an entertaining addition to the Saxophone quartet repertoire.