The Paper Tiger was premiered by the Royal Northern College of Music conducted by Alpesh Chauhan on the 2nd of May 2013 at the RNCM Concert Hall.
A fearsome tiger glares,
its tail high and teeth gleaming.
But it is made of paper,
no larger than mouse and as still as a statue.
Yet something unseen seems to stir within the flimsy folds,
something beyond the clear cut lines that make its crude body.
As if like a voodoo doll,
a spirit of tiger is bound by this paper shape.
And somewhere close a real tiger stands,
claws unsheathed and nostrils flared,
ready and waiting for that moment to pounce.
(Leo Geyer, 2014)
Paper Tiger - Sipho Mabona
3(picc), 3(cor.), 3(Eb Cl.), 3(C.Bsn) /4,3,3,1./ Timp, 3 perc. / pno, hp / Strings
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