Posted by: knowlengr | November 4, 2009

Joshua Bell’s D.C. Metro “Experiment”

Neither Joshua Bell, his 1713 Stradivarius, the “Chaconne” from Bach’s Partita #2, nor a plaintive rendition of “Ave Maria” succeeded in gaining the attention of more than 1,000 patrons of the D.C. L’Enfant Metro station one April morning in 2007.

That’s a now-famous “Joshua Bell” experiment, about which there is much speculation and little consensus as to cause and effect. “Art without a frame?”  Or the steady decline of the public’s ear for classical music?

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  1. Classical music has always been appealing for me. I think that people who don’t actually appreciate it are missing a lot.


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