CutTime Productions publishes 70% of its vast library of arrangements for mixed octet, string sextet, quartet and quintets totaling near a hundred titles. We began publishing in 1997 after Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Rick Robinson transcribed his first ten hits to launch the symphonic outreach ensemble, the mixed octet CutTime Players. The instrumentation is based on Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Robinson added flute to perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

The first catalog, with both septet and octet versions, included tone poems The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Kabalevsky’s The Comedians Suite and Weinberger’s Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper, Beethoven’s Fur Elise and Peter. Many dozens of major and short works fill out today’s catalog to list 90 titles that create significant opportunities for orchestras to present their work, musicians and relevancy with greater personality. CutTime is the only enterprise in the world dedicated to presenting mainly symphonic music on the small stage. May this become a fast, lively and intimate first step for new listeners into this magical art form.

Robinson – Pork ‘n Beans ending


These sheet music publications alone are ideal for orchestra and music school education and community engagement programs (EdCE), conductor training and orchestra-bound instrumentalists. They let us serve symphonic music in new places, potentially acculturating new listeners while inspiring the next generation of musicians to extend classical music further. This is green music for sustaining the classical arts ecosystem.

Most of these original masterpieces are freely available to all humanity via the public domain and to some extent For those works that are copyright protected, CutTime Productions (CP) has print license agreements with G. Schirmer & Hal Leonard. Since 2002 CutTime Players Publishing has been our registered name with ASCAP.

The full catalog includes 75% transcriptions (symphonic reductions) for the mixed octet and septet (CutTime Players), and 20% popular compositions by Rick Robinson and quality transcriptions for the string sextet, quintet and quartet (CutTime Simfonica).
The remaining catalog are rentals of orchestrations (inc. string orchestra), inc. his original “accidental” work for large orchestra, ESSAY (After Sibelius).

Following ESSAY‘s premiere in 2006 by 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 further into two unrecorded albums for the string sextet CutTime Simfonica: Mighty Love (2007) and Gitcha Groove On! (2009). Orchestrated now are Gitcha Groove On!, Pork ‘n Beans  and Highland Park, MI: City of Trees.

CutTime means FUN, where big innovation is often found.

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CutTime Players plays for DPS
CutTime Players plays for DPS music students.