Short Cuts (c) Luís Tinoco

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8 mins

Large Ensemble

2 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet in B-flat, 1 Tenor Saxophone, 2 Vibraphone, 1 Marimba, 1 Piano

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wind and percussion chamber ensemble

Programme note

Short Cuts was commissioned by the Apollo Saxophone Quartet in 2003/4 and was originally scored for two sopranos, one tenor and one baritone.

This new version, however, asks for a different scoring of two Bb clarinets, one tenor saxophone, one bass clarinet, two vibraphones, one marimba and piano. 

The work’s main purpose is to play with two possible meanings for "short cuts". That is, both with the idea of sharp and cutting musical gestures and the idea of taking a different, shorter, path to reach a specific destination. But, most of all, it was written thinking of the wonderful sonority and the rare qualities of the ASQ, to whom the work was dedicated.

The work also exists in 5 other versions:

Saxophone quartet

Saxophone quartet, piano and percussion

Clarinet quartet and percussionist


Percussion quartet

  • 5 Jun 2009 | 3:00pm |

    Schoenberg Building, Jan Popper Theater, University of California, LA


    Virginia Figueiredo, musicians from the University of California

  • 29 May 2009 | 8:30pm |

    Culturgest, Lisbon


    OrchestrUtopica cond. Joan Cervero

  • 12 Jan 2009 | 8:00pm |

    Part of the MusicNOW series


    Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  • 18 Oct 2007 |

    Utah SO New Music Series, Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, USA


    Utah Symphony Orchestra cond. Cliff Colnot

  • 19 Jul 2005 |

    ANTIPODAS: music from the other side of the world. Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal


    OrchestrUtopica cond. Cesário Costa