Of course I make music boxes to make them sound! But sometimes boxes have to wait a very long time.
In 2019 I made a box for Ludovico Einaudi (Italian composer/pianist) commissioned by Annerike Gorter. She wanted to give him this gift during an interview for the travel blog Hello Tutti after a concert in Milan. But the interview was unexpectedly canceled, the box remained silent and then came the corona crisis..
A few years later when Einaudi finally came back to the Netherlands for a concert, the box went to the Concertgebouw twice and was quietly present in Annerike's bag on the 3rd row in the main hall. Interviews were not given and an attempt to give it afterwards, waiting in front of his dressing room, failed, Einaudi did not show up.
Until last Friday in the palace garden of Soestdijk Palace where Einaudi gave a concert. Partly thanks to the box, Annerike was on the guest list and she was finally able to give the box to him.
Einaudi unpacked it, turned it on, and after almost 4 years the box could finally play its melody in the hands of the recipient! And what melody did it sound? The Minuet in G major by Johan Sebastian Bach, one of his great sources of inspiration.
The box is made from a Maple tree from 1900 that stood on the water at the Sonnenborgh observatory in Utrecht, along the canal.
Annerike always passes by here during her walks while listening to Einaudi's album Seven days walking.
If this isn't a box with a story, then I don't know what is :)