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Astonishing experiment in the metro: Joshua Bell plays his Stradivarius violin! 10/14/2015 •

Do you often see street musicians? Do you ever stop to enjoy their performance? Can you recognize the real beauty in everyday routine? The Washington Post carried out an experiment when a world-renowned violinist played in the Subway. The result was surprising.


It happened in 2007. On a chilly January day a man with a violin appeared at a metro transit station of Washington D.C. He was playing for 43 minutes. During this time he played 6 compositions. It was rush hours and about 1000 people passed him by. Only 7 people paused to listen to him playing and 20 more people threw him money without even stopping. By the end of his performance the man earned 32.17 dollars.

Only one of the passers-by guessed that the violinist was a famous musician Joshua Bell, one of the best violinists in the world! He played the most difficult classical compositions ever, and his Stradivarius violin was almost 300 years old (and cost about $3.5 million)!

Two days before the subway experiment Joshua gave a concert in Boston where the average ticket price was 100 dollars. Nevertheless, there were no spare seats in the concert hall.

The performance in the metro was a part of a social experiment held by the Washington Post. The main aim of the experiment was to see whether people would be able to notice the beauty and talent in unusual conditions.

We suggest you watch the video and derive the conclusion from the experiment yourself!

What about you? Would you be able to recognize the beauty? You are more than welcome to leave your comments below!

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22 Comments
filmnut
For every Yosemite and Yellowstone there are 100, nay 1000 places in these United States, that are just as beautiful as the next. I might venture a guess, that they are more peaceful and quiet, to boot.
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Oct 13, 2015 9:57PM
filmnut
Stop and smell the flowers... And listen to the birds. Nature paint the most beautiful pictures and plays the sweetest tunes.
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Oct 13, 2015 10:01PM
Taku Ronsman
Taku Ronsman
The problem I think was the style of music he was playing - it was too mellow and too much like background music....if he played something lively and upbeat that is recognizable or at least has a catchy tune i'll bet people would gather around to watch. Do the experiment again with catchy ethnic folk music, classic rock or current hits and people will take notice.
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Oct 14, 2015 3:01PM
jsnjmoore
He probably played the music he wrote.
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Oct 14, 2015 8:36PM
Ricky Harrison
Ricky Harrison
It shows just how fast the world is today.We miss the Beauty of Gods Creations.Because we're so caught up in ourselves and our own stuff.
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Oct 14, 2015 8:47PM
James Carrier
James Carrier
I think a couple of things come into play: 1) the music he played were complex and not eaasily appreciated, and, 2) the acoutics were far from optimal so that the quality of tonality was diificult to appreciate
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Oct 14, 2015 9:52PM
diana dargan
I would have stopped and listened to the fabulous music! I would know that it was a classical trained professional violinist. Unfortunately I wouldn't know that it was Joshua Bell...., I love and dearly appreciate classical music, but I'm afraid I hear it through CDs, tv specials. I don't have the opportunity to see world renown musicians in person... Considering where I live. However, I will make sure to go to a classical performance when I get to a big city!
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Oct 14, 2015 10:01PM
Martina Scanlon
Martina Scanlon
as Wordsworth said " what is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare " , wish I had been there , true class act...Lady Martina-Claire.
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Oct 14, 2015 10:24PM
Vasily Tchaikovsky
Vasily Tchaikovsky
I've heard this story,but it is not surprizing . as you know some famous ,genious musicians ,like Madonna,Santana started they carrier at street with hat in front of them...
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Oct 14, 2015 10:25PM
anniemoser
I love what you said about stopping & smelling the flowers, I needed that reminder, thank you!!!!!
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Oct 14, 2015 10:30PM

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