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979-0-57020-828-9 Short Cuts (c) – Score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£14.95)


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


8 minutes
2 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet in B-flat, 1 Tenor Saxophone, 1 Marimba, 2 Vibraphone, 1 Piano
Composition date


Chamber Works Lontano cond. Odaline de La Martinez November 2005 Lorelt Records 121


5 June 2009

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

Virginia Figueiredo, musicians from the University of California

29 May 2009

Culturgest, Lisbon

OrchestrUtopica cond. Joan Cervero

12 January 2009

Part of the MusicNOW series

Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

18 October 2007

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

Utah Symphony Orchestra cond. Cliff Colnot

19 July 2005

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

OrchestrUtopica cond. Cesário Costa