For symphony orchestra.
Time is ticking while over 65 million refugees are knocking at the door of Europe in seek of help and hope for a better life. Refugees
who have lost everything, who have walked miles, who have paid everything they own for saving their own and their families’ lives.
The European Union has had a hard time choosing sides. And while it is tightening the regulations for refugees, the pressured
knocking at our door is growing ever stronger. A both economic and humanitarian catastrophe is starting to show its full extent.
Tundo is the latin word for “Knock” and is my description of the catastrophe of our time. I have tried to put in to music the knocking,
the wars, the beautiful landscapes refugees have walked by, the rain that has poured over them, the sea and the dangerous boat ride,
the screams for help, the arguing among the European Union’s elite bureaucrats, the shouts of “don’t let them in”, the grief and pain
due to loss of loved ones, the sympathy we Westerners have but which only lasts as long as the refugees don't affect our own lives in
any way. All of this exists at the same time simultaneously, all of this is a part of our time, all of this will be part of our history and
a burden on our conscience.
Events like one of the world’s greatest nations choosing a racist, misogynistic man for president, have shattered me and put all my
idealism into question. I’m not a politician, I’m not rich nor influential, but through my music I at least try to do my part for making
the world a little better place to live in. By touching other people’s hearts and telling the story of those who don’t have a voice of
their own in society – the refugees.
Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm
Gävle Symphony Orchestra, cond. Anders Hanson
"The ability to think and feel is what makes us humans differ from other species on earth." This is also what Cecilia Damström tries to achieve with her compositions; to make people think and feel.