...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.

William Sleath, flautist
Fragilities premiere at Falmouth University

Fragilities premiere at Falmouth University. Photo: Maryam Best

Rohan de Saram (cello) and William Sleath (flute) premièred Fragilities as part of an exciting programme of contemporary works on 27th November 2014 at Falmouth University. A second performance followed a day later at 'The Exchange', Penzance. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. A recording in the recording studios of Falmouth University followed some months later, engineered by Dr Antti Saario and subsequently edited, mixed and mastered by myself.

Fragilities premiere at Falmouth University

Fragilities première at Falmouth University. Photo: Maryam Best

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 a generous grant from the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Christopher Best Fragilities sample page
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Study/performance score available for FREE DOWNLOAD. When printing performers' parts, be careful to follow the guidelines on the title page. Anyone planning to perform this work should please inform me via the CONTACT page.

c.27 mins
Alto and Bass Flutes (1 player), Violoncello

Christopher Best Fragilities by Chrisbestmusic

Recording engineer: Dr Antti Sakari Saario. Edited, mixed and mastered by Christopher Best. Performed by William Sleath (flutes) and Rohan de Saram (cello)
First performance 
First performance by William Sleath and Rohan de Saram: The Performance Centre, Falmouth University, November 2014.
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