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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


4 minutes 33 seconds

Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa cond. Donato Renzetti, 6th November 2004

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 Tubular bells, 1 Vibraphone, 3 Wood Blocks, 1 Xylophone, 1 Marimba, 1 Orchestral Strings
Composition date


11 June 2016

 Symphony Hall, Miguel Delibes Cultural Centre, Valladolid, Spain

Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Leon, cond.Alberto Roque

29 May 2016

Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa

ESML Symphony Orchestra, cond. Vasco Pearce de Azevedo

28 May 2016

Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa

ESML Symphony Orchestra, cond. Vasco Pearce de Azevedo

21 November 2015

Centro de Congressos do Arade, Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal

ESART Orchestra, cond. José Eduardo Gomes

4 February 2009

STADEUM Kultur- und Tagungszentrum, Stade, Germany

Slowakische Sinfonietta cond. Rui Massena

16 February 2008

Centro de Congressos da Madeira (Portugal)

Orquestra Classica da Madeira cond. Cesário Costa

3 February 2008

Casa da Musica, Oporto

Oporto National Orchestra cond. Osvaldo Ferreira

3 March 2007

Sendesaal Radio Kulturhaus, ORF, Vienna, Austria

Algarve Orchestra cond. Osvaldo Ferreira

1 March 2007

Sintra, Centro Cultural Olga do Cadaval, Portugal

Algarve Orchestra cond. Osvaldo Ferreira

25 February 2007

Oporto Coliseum, Oporto

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

13 February 2007

Conservatorio 'G. Verdi', Torino

Turin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Filippo Maria Bressan

11 February 2007

Conservatorio 'G. Verdi', Torino

Turin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Filippo Maria Bressan

10 February 2007

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

Turin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Filippo Maria Bressan