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979-0-57036-169-4 Short Cuts (f) – Score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£9.95)
979-0-57036-170-0 Short Cuts (f) – Parts Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£15.95)


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 vibraphones and two marimbas.

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

Wind and percussion chamber ensemble

Clarinet quartet and percussionist



8 minutes
2 Marimba, 2 Vibraphone
Composition date


Archipelago Drumming Grupo de Percussão/Artistic director Miquel Bernat; Quarteto de Matosinhos 29th November 2019


10 November 2018

Conservatorio de Música Jesús Guridi, Plaza de la Constitución 9, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Portugal

Drumming percussion ensemble - Pedro Gois, Daniel Araujo, Jorge Pereira, Miquel Bernat


12 May 2018

festival "Mostra Sonora" in Sueca (Valencia, Spain)

Drumming Percussion Group

22 May 2016

Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon

Metropolitana Percussion Group (with Marco Fernandes, Andreo Rico and the Metropolitana students)

14 May 2016 Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal Quarteto de Percussões da Metropolitana, dir. Marco Fernandes
19 March 2013

Casa da Música, Porto

Pulsat Percussion Group (André Dias, Nuno Simões, Pedro Góis, Renato Peneda)

11 May 2010

Casa da Musica, Porto

Perkool Quartet