Christopher Best

composer ~ educator ~ performer ~ writer


Fragilities (2013)

Will Sleath (alto/bass flutes) and Rohan de Saram (cello)
rehearsing the Falmouth premiere of Fragilities
photo Maryam Best

The composer shows his appreciation after the performance
photo Maryam Best

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"...unique sonorities and an engaging sound world... a major opus in terms both of its evocative musical content and its duration, ...representing an important contribution to the body of music for low flutes."
(Will Sleath, flautist)

"...The ending in particular is stunningly beautiful..."
(Jim Aitchison, composer)

Rohan de Saram (cello) and Will Sleath (flute) premiered 'FRAGILITIES as part of an exciting programme of contemporary works for cello and flute on 27th November 2014 at Falmouth University, followed a day later with a second performance at the Exchange, Penzance. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. A studio recording followed shortly after.

The work's title reflects its preoccupation with the fragilities and ambiguities of sound: sounds isolated by silence; sounds on the borders of silence; tones on the borders of noise; sounds growing from and dying to nothing; the suggestions and fragmentation of theme, ambiguities of tempo and pulse. The commission was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Britten-Pears Foundation.