Satie's Gymnopedia Music Box
If you walk from the Utrecht Conservatory to Museum Speelklok or vice versa, the shortest route is via the Donkerstraat, which takes about 2 minutes. And then you pass my shop window.
One day, for example, Frank de Munnik walked with his students through the Donkerstraat on their way to Museum Speelklok.
Frank is a music history teacher at the Utrecht Conservatory and also a radio producer for the classical channel of the NPO, radio 4. Previously, for example, he made the much-listened to podcast 'Bach van de Dag'.
When Frank walked through the Donkerstraat, he was just preparing for his new podcast 'Frank's Classic Wonder Room' in which he is inspired by the idea of the Wonder Rooms from earlier centuries, cabinets of curiosities in which eccentric collectors brought together the wonders of nature and culture.
He was very surprised when he discovered my shop window full of music boxes, especially when he saw that Gymnopedie nr. 1 by Satie was also in a box. A few days later Frank ordered a special 'Wonderkamer' music box. I made this one from an old chestnut tree from 1890 from the Waldeck Pyrmontkade in Utrecht. And that's how this music box featuring Satie became the podcast soundtrack!