Commissioner Styrsö Kammarmusikdagar
Opus Number  78
Category Orchestra
Year 2021
Duration 10
Orchestration String Orchestra (min.43221)
Publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag

 

Program note

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 in deed 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 most rich 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 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 the fishing industry 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 it’s 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.

Reviews

Cecilia Damström’s vibrant and rhythmically powerful Fretus made Styrsö Chamber Soloists evoke the mighty surging and unknown depths of the oceans.

Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter 9.8.2021


 

Cecilia Damströms färgstarka och rytmiskt kraftfulla ”Fretus” fick Styrsö Kammarsolister att framkalla oceanernas mäktiga svallande och okända djup.

Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter 9.8.2021


Performances

7 August 2021 World premiere by Styrsö Kammarmusikdagar conducted by Magnus Fryklund – More info