Mirrors for string quartet


What is heaven and what is hell?

Where is the border between the spontaneous, individualistic chaos of freedom and the coordinated, unifying cosmos of solidarity? Is the gradual mutation of dynamics and texture an aimed statement or an unpreventable process? Could the piece be played backwards? Or from the middle and both ways?

Can the listeners experience be liberated from gravitation of time, be compressed into a glowing moment and burn a hole in our preconceived worldview?

CHAOSMOS was composed 1981 – in the beginning of the composers education – and is dedicated to Arne Mellnäs. The piece was elected to international festivals for new music, but the complexity in the original version made a performance impossible. The composition was revised 1987 – after cooperation with the Arditti Quartet – and had it´s first performance in London 1988.