for saxophone quartet and piano
Right up until the beginning of the 20th century, the Tasmanian Tiger, a wolf-like mammal not related to the tiger at all, but with fur markings similar to the tiger, traversed the archipelago of Tasmania off the Southern coast of Australia. After decades of being hunted, it disappeared from the face of the earth in 1936. Exterminated because of its alleged inclination to tear up sheep, a price was offered for every one of these animals shot. Since then, people have continued to claim having seen a Tasmanian Tiger: They nourish the persisting hope that Tasmanian Tigers have survived in some inaccessible areas. The mystery of the Tasmanian Tiger has emerged as a parable for modern man, and his wish to reverse the destruction of the Garden of Eden.
The piece 'Distant Calls' was inspired by the 'The Mystery of the Thylacine' exhibition shown in Hobart/Tasmania in 1998/99. The structure of the piece is based entirely on the Tasmanian Tiger's charachteristic fur markings and its singular ability to open its jaw to an angle of 120°.
Duration: 11' 00"