Tuesday, January 15, 2013

stop and listen: violin virtuoso and social commentary

joshua bell, one of the finest classical musicians, plays an impromptu performance of one of the most challenging and elegant pieces of music (bach's "chaconne") on one of the most valuable violins ever made in the early morning rush at the DC Metro. 

The whole thing was arranged as an experiment
 to see if the busy commuters would stop and listen.

1 comment:

  1. I've always thought this was such an interesting story. And never more so than now that I'm one of those rushed commuters on the DC metro. As someone who is in that environment daily, I'm not sure that it was that people didn't want to stop and listen but rather that there is such a herd mentality in mass transit situations--I bet lots of people noticed how beautiful it was, but they were just too embarrassed to step out of the rush and listen. Of course, it's still an interesting social commentary, whether it's that they were too busy or that they were too caught up in the crowd to stop and listen to such a masterpiece.