Electric Aroma

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Viet Cuong

Viet Cuong

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General Info

Year: 2017 / 2018
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano, clarinet, soprano sax, percussion
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Saxophone I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II-III
E-flat Baritone Saxophone I-II
B-flat Bass Saxophone

or other instrumentation


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The poet Pablo Picasso (yes, that Picasso) intrigued Viet (b.1990) with a line written in 1936: “an electric aroma, a most disagreeable noise”. Perhaps Viet thought to himself, “Well then, let’s make disagreeable noises, shall we?” Like that electric aroma, he colors the instruments using extended techniques that sizzle and snap, such as tin foil in the vibraphone, metals buzzing on an upside-down snare drum, and wind players rudely playing two sounds at the same time. Viet likes having fun. All of us are doing things the rules say we’re not supposed to do.

10 october XXXVI (ii) “...and if the weather is clear listen to the crack when in my chest breaks the perfume of the stick the arrow painted on the fan tossed on the bed the luminous alarmed panther sheen of her regard with an electric aroma a most disagreeable noise spreading a dreadful odor of stars crushed underfoot”.
- Pablo Picasso

This piece was commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting for the 2017 Blackbird Creative Laboratory, 8BB’s annual professional development immersion program.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by Zach Shemon for the UMKC [University of Missouri, Kansas City] Sax Ensemble.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) - 14 April 2023
  • Eighth Blackbird - 3 February 2023 (Eugene, Ore.)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Lee, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Saxophone Ensemble (Zach Shemon, conductor) – 23 January 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Syzygy (Flex instrumentation) (2019/2020)

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