Somewhere in 2016, I was introduced to Katja Bosch and Janpeter Muilwijk. They wanted to commission me to write a piano piece, dedicated to their daughter Mattia who died in the autumn of 2015.
A few months later we were sitting together for the first time. Katja and Janpeter told about the background of Mattia's death, about her great vulnerability and her psychological suffering that had led her to her suicide. But also about her bravery and the great love she could give and receive.
In May 2017 I started composing. It wasn't easy. This commission asked for the most beautiful piano music in the world. At least that's what I thought. A good recepy for getting blocked. For weeks... In the end the resulting music was spreading across the globe in a speed that I never experienced before. The clip got thousands of views in the first weeks and the piece ended up high in the Dutch Heart & Soul List. The Dutch pianist Feico Deutekom released an album which featured For Mattia and Germany-based Anna Sutyagina recorded the piece. The American composer Olivia Kieffer made a beautiful version for vibraphone. And almost within a year 4 more videos appeared on the net.
A year after the premiere, I decided that it would be a great idea to ask more pianists, harpists (the piece can be also played on harp)
and vibraphonists to play and videotape For Mattia. That we could give all this spontaneous attention an extra boost when people would upload their
playing of For Mattia. It doesn't matter if you're a pro or not It doesn't matter if you make mistakes or that you're filming with a crappy telephone. We would love
to see your For Mattia and I will post every video on this page.
Please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Play For Mattia and get posted here!
Douwe, September 20, 2018
The 'original' video
Feico Deutekom - CD Feico Solo
Lauren Scott on Harp
Karin de Boef
Olivia Kieffer on Vibraphone
Sjoerd W. Bijleveld
Feico Deutekom - Live
Freek de Jonge & For Mattia