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Commissioned Elisar Riddelin
Publisher Music Finland
Category solo
Year 2014
Duration 6
Orchestration violin or viola
Opus number 32

Program note

Sydänlaulu means ”Song of the heart” in Finnish and that is exactly what the piece is, a song from the heart and about the heart. In December 2013 I had for the first time severe heart pain and arrhythmia after a few too many sleep deprived nights and too much stress. Having for the first time severe pain in combination with fever made me very worried about my health; I didn’t want to die from a stroke at the age of 25. During my moments of fear and listening to the arrhythmia of my heart I also noticed how much dreams, hopes, and emotions are linked to the heart and how all
of these hopes and dreams will never come true in case the heart will stop to beat once and for all. This piece contains arrhythmia, crawling bacteria in the body and blood stream, small passages of fear and of sorrow over heart illness, and also inner dreams that you seem to yearn for even more, and the hope that they won’t be taken away from you together with you heart beat.

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Reviews

The highlight of the concert was Cecilia Damström’s Sydänlaulu for solo violin. In the work she explored the heart both from a medical as an eternal metaphore. Even though you might think everything possible is said about this theme long ago, Damström manages to find a fresh angle to both the pulsating heart beat as to the many lyrical themes.

-Jari Kallio, Amfion 21.8.2014


Konsertin huippuhetken muodosti Cecilia Damströmin (s. 1988) Sydänlaulu, Op. 32 sooloviululle. Teoksessa lähestyttiin sydäntä sekä lääketieteellisenä elimenä että ikiaikaisena metaforanakin. Vaikka äkkiseltään kuvittelisi, että tästä tematiikasta on kaikki mahdollinen sanottu jo aika päiviä sitten, Damström oli onnistunut löytämään raikkaan näkökulman niin sykkivään peruspulssiin kuin moniin lyyrisiin aiheisiinkin.

-Jari Kallio, Amfion 21.8.2014


 

Performances

World premiere 20th of August 2014 by Elisar Riddelin

Stuttgart 17th of January 2017 by Prof. Andra Darzins

Gallery Fast Creative 13th of April 2018 by Linda Hedlund

Malmö 5th of May 2019 by Emelie Viitberg