|Tampering Festival 2015
|Every person around the world suffering from incurable diseases
The name Infirmus means sick or weak in Latin, and that is what the piece is about: tinnitus, arrhythmia, headaches, bacteria and pain in every form: lingering, underlying or stinging. Also in this piece (as in my string quartet) I quote one of my earlier choral compositions to Psalm 22 with the theme for “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. This piece is dedicated to every person around the world suffering from incurable diseases and what you would call “rare diseases” or non-acknowledged diseases such as for instance chronicle Lyme.
Infirmus – Listen on Soundcloud
Cecilia Damström’s eerie string orchestra work Infirmus delivered the listeners to a completely different world. The work is dedicated to those who suffer from severe pain caused by an incurable disease. The work cuts, throbs, grabs, hits, oppresses. The world of endless pain has transcribed to the form of music in a really impressive way. An absolutely wonderful, breath taking and merciless piece, which was brilliantly played by the string orchestra.
Hanne Orrenmaa, Ilkka-Pohjalainen – Saturday 22nd of April 2023
Cecilia Damström (b.1988) is a fantastic composer. Her work Infirmus from 2015 lacks melodic motifs, instead she exploits the string instrument’s ability to create atmospheres. The title means illness or weakness and the listener is given the opportunity for their own personal interpretation. I just closed my eyes and could experience images like pain, worry, hopelessness, hope, aggressiveness…The work is excellent proof of music’s ability to evoke thoughts and feelings.
Per-Håkan Jansson, Vasabladet Sunday the 23rd of April 2023
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