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Light Scattering - String Quartet No 3

Andrea Tarrodi (b. 1981)

Composer
Andrea Tarrodi (b. 1981)
Composition Year
2014
Work Movements
Light Scattering
Artists
Dahlkvist Quartet (Alexander Kagan (violin), Kersti Gräntz (violin), Jon Dahlkvist (viola), Hanna Dahlkvist (cello))

Programme Note Writer:
© Andrea Tarrodi

Andrea Tarrodi [born 1981]


Light Scattering - String Quartet No 3 [2014]


Light Scattering was commissioned by Musik i Syd and written for the Brodsky Quartet. The first idea that came to mind when I started composing was the idea of glass in different shapes, colours and structures. Then I started thinking about how different glass types reflect and refract the sunlight, how the light dances on the surface of the water and how it bounces from mirrors and shines through windows. 


The piece starts with a chord progression built entirely on the overtone series, performed only with natural harmonics. The chord progression returns in different shapes throughout the piece. In the beginning of the piece a solo in the violoncello presents another building block of the composition, a melody that also returns several times. The musical material is based on the Gregorian mode where the dorian and mixolydian scales are the most prominent. I also experimented a lot with different timbres. The performers switch frequently between sul ponticello, sul tasto and normale, in my mind creating different lights in different directions and colours. 

Andrea Tarrodi


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Light Scattering - String Quartet No 3

Composer: Andrea Tarrodi (b. 1981)
Performance date: Friday 28th June 2019
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Andrea Tarrodi (b. 1981)
Work Title Light Scattering - String Quartet No 3
Composition Year 2014
Work Movements Light Scattering
Artist(s) Dahlkvist Quartet (Alexander Kagan (violin), Kersti Gräntz (violin), Jon Dahlkvist (viola), Hanna Dahlkvist (cello))
Performance Date Friday 28th June 2019
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Opening Concert
Duration 00:12:40
Recording Engineer Ciaran Cullen, RTÉ
Instrumentation Category String Quartet
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc
Programme Note Writer © Andrea Tarrodi

Andrea Tarrodi [born 1981]


Light Scattering - String Quartet No 3 [2014]


Light Scattering was commissioned by Musik i Syd and written for the Brodsky Quartet. The first idea that came to mind when I started composing was the idea of glass in different shapes, colours and structures. Then I started thinking about how different glass types reflect and refract the sunlight, how the light dances on the surface of the water and how it bounces from mirrors and shines through windows. 


The piece starts with a chord progression built entirely on the overtone series, performed only with natural harmonics. The chord progression returns in different shapes throughout the piece. In the beginning of the piece a solo in the violoncello presents another building block of the composition, a melody that also returns several times. The musical material is based on the Gregorian mode where the dorian and mixolydian scales are the most prominent. I also experimented a lot with different timbres. The performers switch frequently between sul ponticello, sul tasto and normale, in my mind creating different lights in different directions and colours. 

Andrea Tarrodi