Friday, April 18, 2008

If a violinist falls in the forest?

The Washington Post conducted an interesting experiment recently. They had violinist Joshua Bell perform in a subway station during the morning rush hour, dressed in ordinary street clothes.

On that Friday in January, those private questions would be answered in an unusually public way. No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities -- as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?

The musician did not play popular tunes whose familiarity alone might have drawn interest. That was not the test. These were masterpieces that have endured for centuries on their brilliance alone, soaring music befitting the grandeur of cathedrals and concert halls.

A very amusing read. Pearls Before Breakfast

1 comment:

Allan Jackson said...

Oh, I just love the clever title!

Big shout out to my main boo, Bishop George Berkeley of Cloyne!

We need to discuss philosphical Idealism one of these days...