CutTime® may be the world’s only organization dedicated to presenting predominantly symphonic music as chamber music, letting us create an intimate first step into this overwhelming, powerful but mysterious genre for curious music lovers.
We started in 1993 when Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Rick Robinson began printing music arrangements for solo double bass to publication quality. He next began transcribing famous symphonic works for the mixed octet CutTime Players, the instrumentation of which originates with Igor Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat.
In 1998 Robinson began publishing the first catalog with ten works, including tone poems The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. That catalog has since grown to list 90 publications and represent significant opportunities for orchestras to present their oeuvre, musicians and meaning in small spaces.
- Download the latest catalog here.
These publications are ideal for orchestra education and community engagement programs (EDCE), music school conductor training and orchestra-bound music students. Most of these works are from the public domain. For the half dozen works that are copyright protected, CutTime Productions (CP) has arranged print license agreements with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. Since 2002 CutTime Players Publishing has been a member of ASCAP.
The full catalog includes 75% transcriptions (symphonic reductions) for the mixed octet and septet (CutTime Players), plus 20% popular compositions by Robinson and transcriptions for the string sextet, quintet and quartet (CutTime Simfonica). The catalog also lists rentals of various orchestrations of Robinson’s compositions, inc. the ESSAY (After Sibelius). Following its premiere in 2006 by the DSO, Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker called Robinson “an armchair composer with promise and a taste for fleshy romantic textures and orchestration.” He developed this sound much further with two successive albums for Simfonica: Mighty Love (2007) and Gitcha Groove On! (2009). Recently orchestrated are Gitcha Groove On!, Pork ‘n Beans and City of Trees.