Commissioned by the Apollo Saxophone Quartet with funds made available by the Arts Council of North West England. First performed by Apollo Saxophone Quartet at Atlantic Waves Festival, Union Chapel, London, on 1st December 2004.
The 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 is dedicated. (© Luís Tinoco, July 2005)
This dazzling new work from Portuguese composer Luís Tinoco again takes the ASQ into new territory, with the energy of the piece being generated by a skilful use of false fingered notes, passed around the group beneath a shimmering texture of semiquavers. Scored for two soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones, this piece mirrors the configuration of the string quartet, and brings the ASQ’s sound to life in a new and exciting way. (© Apollo Saxophone Quartet, January 2005)
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