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Favourite Melodies

The vivid telling of fairy stories and legends to the accompaniment of pleasant melodies from the musical box has lost nothing of its fascination. Especially at Christmas time, something of the magic of childhood memories, long believed to be forgotten, re-awakens upon seeing the moving scenes.

At first, the musical box was nothing more than a simple toy, a box which, by means of turning a handle, could be made to revolve and play a tinkling tune. The melody accompanying the little turning figures of people and animals then still sounded rather dull and lifeless. It was not until around 1930 that the first true musical boxes were created.

Besides miniature angels, figures from the world of fairy tales and sagas, or scenes from village life, Christ’s nativity became the main Christmas theme for the creative and artistic toymakers. Since then, a whole repertoire of melodies has been pouring forth from these little works of art, driven from the inside by a filigree, music-making mechanism.