Publisher Desc. String Quartet No. 2was written in the fall of 2009. This work consists of six movements that are separated by textural differences, but united through cyclic motivic unity and a consistent harmonic landscape. The first four movements each explore seemingly different motives, which in the fifth movement are unfolded in the reverse order and whose motivic connections are now revealed. This large-scale process is followed by a quiet movement of harmonic reflection, based on the opening material. This work journeys through a wide range of emotional territory, and is subtitled Kirurgi (Swedish for surgery). This designation comes from the main "limping" theme in the first Fugue, which originated in a recent song of mine entitled Surgery, and was inspired by my journeys through the Swedish and Norwegian Arctic landscapes.