Zapping Luís Tinoco

Zapping cover
Duration
4 mins 33 secs
Composed
2004
Published
2004
Categories

Orchestra Orchestra (Double winds)

Instrumentation
1 Flute (=piccolo), 1 Flute (=alto flute), 2 Oboe, 1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 B-flat Clarinet (=Bass Clarinet in B-flat), 1 Bassoon, 1 Bassoon (=Contrabassoon), 2 Horn in F, 2 Trumpet in B-flat, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Bass drum, 2 Bongo, 5 Cowbells, 1 Crotales, 1 Guiro, 2 Sizzle Cymbal, 1 Snare drum, 1 Temple Blocks, 1 Timpani, 4 Tom-Tom, 1 Vibraphone, 3 Wood Blocks, 1 Xylophone, 1 Marimba, 1 Tubular bells, 1 Orchestral Strings

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Programme note

Commissioned by the Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos.

Zapping (2004) is a word used to define the act of fast changing of channels in a TV set. The spectator pays (very brief) attention to the most varied and contrasting flashing content, with no thematic sense at all, nor any continuity.

This work was written as a response to a commission where I was asked to pay a tribute to Mozart and Haydn's late symphonies. By being confronted, today, with the 18th century, I decided to do a musical reproduction of the "spirit" of zapping - a typical manifestation of our contemporary experience, in so many fields and contexts.

Therefore, in this piece, there is no developing of material nor any organic discourse within the musical narrative. Zapping starts as it starts and ends as it ends. But it could start and end differently. As opposed to a music that would try to explore the maximum consequences of its material, I was attracted - and for a duration of 4'33" - to exploring the idea of briefness and speed, so that detailed and careful listening would become virtually impossible.

Within this context Haydn's B-flat Major Symphony No. 102; and Mozart's E flat Major No. 39 K.543, became a mere "pretext" - or, even, as mere objets trouvés.

As the music evolves, using some fragments of both symphonies, I propose my personal zapping.

Regarding a larger formal concept, I also explored the (incidental) tonic / dominant relation (Eb / Bb), established between the two works.

Zapping is dedicated to my children Bernardo and Carlota.

© Luís Tinoco, Oct. 2004

Premiere
Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa cond. Donato Renzetti, 6th November 2004
Performances
  • 11 Jun 2016 | 11:00am |

     Symphony Hall, Miguel Delibes Cultural Centre, Valladolid, Spain

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    Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Leon, cond.Alberto Roque

  • 29 May 2016 |

    Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa

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    ESML Symphony Orchestra, cond. Vasco Pearce de Azevedo

  • 28 May 2016 |

    Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa

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    ESML Symphony Orchestra, cond. Vasco Pearce de Azevedo

  • 21 Nov 2015 | 9:30pm |

    Centro de Congressos do Arade, Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal

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    ESART Orchestra, cond. José Eduardo Gomes

  • 4 Feb 2009 | 7:45pm |

    STADEUM Kultur- und Tagungszentrum, Stade, Germany

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    Slowakische Sinfonietta cond. Rui Massena

  • 16 Feb 2008 |

    Centro de Congressos da Madeira (Portugal)

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    Orquestra Classica da Madeira cond. Cesário Costa

  • 3 Feb 2008 |

    Casa da Musica, Oporto

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    Oporto National Orchestra cond. Osvaldo Ferreira

  • 3 Mar 2007 |

    Sendesaal Radio Kulturhaus, ORF, Vienna, Austria

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    Algarve Orchestra cond. Osvaldo Ferreira

  • 1 Mar 2007 |

    Sintra, Centro Cultural Olga do Cadaval, Portugal

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    Algarve Orchestra cond. Osvaldo Ferreira

  • 25 Feb 2007 |

    Oporto Coliseum, Oporto

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    Joäo Reis (narrator), Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa cond. Cesário Costa

  • 13 Feb 2007 |

    Conservatorio 'G. Verdi', Torino

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    Turin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Filippo Maria Bressan

  • 11 Feb 2007 |

    Conservatorio 'G. Verdi', Torino

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    Turin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Filippo Maria Bressan

  • 10 Feb 2007 |

    La casa della musica, Settimo Torinese (TO), Suoneria

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    Turin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Filippo Maria Bressan