Pearls Before Breakfast

One of the world’s best violinists poses as a street musician and plays a 3.5 million dollar violin in a Metro station. What happens? Probably the best article I’ve ever read from a newspaper. Hat tip: Paul.

26 replies on “Pearls Before Breakfast”

It’s great. He’s not even really ‘posing’. He just just stepped out there, same as he would on a concert platform and performed. Superb piece from the Washington Post. 🙂

I read this article yesterday, very interesting read!

Sad to see that we are all so hung up on our lives that none of us can stop to admire a beautiful piece of art like his.

[…] This article is proof in and of itself. One of the world’s most renowned musicians, Joshua Bell, gave an impromptu concert in the DC Metro with his $3.5M violin, and the Washington Post has one of the best articles I’ve ever read about it. Beautifully written, see for yourself, you’ll love it. And if you needed it, it reminds you why traditional media still has a place in this world. (Thanks Matt!) […]

I completely agree, brilliant piece. If it was a book I’d buy 10 copies and give them to my friends. There also are some awesome reader comments on the Washington Post page.

Heh, spent quite a lot thinking about occasions of remembering street musicians – some of them I can remember years afterwards. I’d love to be in there.. Not being in a concert hall just emphasizes the charm…

There is a great response to the Joshua Bell article by a NYC subway musician in her blog:
She interprets the situation differently from the Washington Post reporters… I thought you might find it interesting.

I saw this a couple of days ago myself. I thought it was the most stuck up pretentious BS I’d ever read. The tone of the piece was just awful, and it really makes me hate classical music snobs.

Don’t get me wrong, I dig classical. But I also like speed metal. The idea that this “experiment” proved anything or made any sort of point whatsoever is laughable, at best.

Perhaps it wasn’t that all these people were ignoring this excellent music. Perhaps it was that all those people who paid 100 bucks a seat to hear it were idiots who overpaid. But did that occur to the writer? Oh no, it’s shameful how busy people focusing on other things don’t hear the wonderful music coming out of this great player and his expensive violin…

Pure fluff and nonsense.

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