Alexander Kagan, Kersti Gräntz [violins]
Jon Dahlkvist [viola], Hanna Dahlkvist [cello]
Andrea Tarrodi [born 1981]
Madárdal – String Quartet No 2 
1. Alleghretto – Allegro – Meno mosso
2. Adagio – Meno mosso
3. Allegretto – Allegro – Allegretto – Coda meno mosso
Madárdal was commissioned by Sveriges Radio P2 and written for the Dahlkvist Quartet. The piece is inspired by both Swedish and Hungarian folk songs. Since I am half Swedish and half Hungarian I thought that it would be an interesting way of composing a piece.
Madárdal consists of three movements. The first movement is built on fragments from Romany/Hungarian melodies and gestures. The Adagio is based on two specific Swedish folk songs; Emigrantvisa and Polska från Medelpad. In the third and last movement, the Hungarian/Romany and Swedish folk songs meet. Throughout the piece you also may hear both Hungarian and Swedish bird species. Madárdal is the Hungarian word for birdsong, hence the title.