by Cecilia Damström

for string orchestra

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Cecilia Damström


Gehrmans Musikförlag


The latin word fretus is both translated as “sea” as well as “trusting, relying on, banking on, depending upon”. In my opinion this describes very well in one word the sea, which the world indeed is depending upon.

So far it is believed that the sea is where all life began and it is today home to up to 80% of all life on earth. We have only discovered an estimated mere 4% of its life, and with over 10.000 million species it's the richest ecosystem we have on earth. Phytoplankton swallow about 4 times the amount of CO2 compared to the Amazon Rainforest and life in the sea creates an estimated 50-70% of the oxygen in the world's atmosphere. However, humans have managed to reduce many species such as for instance tuna fish so that only 2% of the amount of it is left compared to 1970 and through bycatch millions of dolphins, whales, sharks and sea turtles also lose their life, unnecessarily. Moreover fishing is responsible for over half of all plastic pollution in the oceans and this plastic pollution also kills many species.

In this piece I have described both waves, colourful underwater worlds as well as an ecosystem whose heart is pumping its last beats for survival. It is both strong and fragile at the same time, and ever so beautiful, the sea. This piece is dedicated to the Oceans of our World.

Cecilia Damström




Works for Orchestra or Large Ensemble

Opus no.

op. 78


Styrsö kammarsolister, August 2021; Styrsö Kammarmusikdagar, Sweden

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Commissioned by Styrsö Kammarmusikdagar 2021. Dedicated to all the Oceans of the World

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