This handmade xylophone plays Bach in the middle of a serene forest in Japan

13 February 2017, 10:33

A tranquil Japanese woodland and one of Bach's most gorgeous melodies. This is going to make you feel good, thanks to Classic FM's More Music Breakfast and Yakult.

In More Music Breakfast on Classic FM, we like to focus on things that make you feel good - and with a little help from Yakult, we reckon we've found something very special (and something that originates from Japan, just like Yakult).

A few years ago, Japanese telecommunication company Docomo created one of the most beautiful adverts we've ever seen. 

Director Morihiro Harano and sound artist Kenjiro Matsuo built a natural instrument in the middle of a lush forest. Their creation featured hundreds of different-sized pieces of wood, each sounding an individual note when struck. A wooden ball then cascades down the structure, hitting every resonant note of a Bach masterpiece. Cue spine-tingling beauty. 

The instrument plays 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring', the final movement to JS Bach's famous cantata 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' BWV147. It's made by hand from 100% raw materials and, unbelievably, the video contains no special effects.

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