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Astonishing experiment in the metro: Joshua Bell plays his Stradivarius violin!

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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24 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
Zinaida Koroleva
Me like most of us not really educated in classic music, live in city where famos artist don't come, most of us can't pay a 100dol to go to concert. But I love the comment of Timothy Foleyjr,because most of us enjoy the buauty......
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Oct 15, 2015 12:01AM
Rita Maduro Frenkel
Rita Maduro Frenkel
To hear great beauty would stop me in my tracks!
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Oct 15, 2015 12:42AM
Ian Bitcoin
Ian Bitcoin
Pop culture has drown out all but the most obnoxious and blatant assults on our sensibilities. Many incredible performaces will go unnoticed if they don't grab you by the throat and slap you around in some way. Sad.
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Oct 15, 2015 1:29AM
Michael L Reinhardt
Michael L Reinhardt
This guy is really good. Its always nice to see someone performing in public like this. When I was 11, I went to England. I remember seeing a man who was completely down on his luck (lost his home to a fire along with everything in it, no family, and his band broke up) all he had left was his car and his saxophone. He was playing in a busy market, and people would stop and watch him perform, but most of them were too busy to even acknowledge him. I went up to him and talked to him for a bit, and when I saw his eyes tear up from telling me his story, not only did I give him 20 GBP, I also when and bought him a meal from Burger King, and 4 bottles of water. He was so grateful that he jumped up and gave me a hug. I remember telling him that everything will be ok, and that he should always keep his chin up. Now, today, the jazz saxophonist is back with his band, and they all put money together to rebuild his home. He is doing well. And he still remembers his new American friend (me) who gave him hope.
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Oct 15, 2015 2:09AM
Sarah Hearn-vonFoerster
Sarah Hearn-vonFoerster
I really am amused by some of these comments; a complete misunderstanding of Classical Music, why it will atill exist when the shalllow music-of-the-moment fades into the past, forgotten. Joshua is not a composer, but he can play any music better than most of the composers, which is why they compose for him. Classical means great enough to last, and could be written today. The Beatles, Leroy Anderson, Pete Fountain, Peter, Paul & Mary, et al ,are now Classical. "Fabulous" is the right word, not mellow, and never "background music". It challenges the mind and requires focus. It obviously is not for everyone. Their loss.
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Oct 15, 2015 5:44AM

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