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The best violinist in the U.S. earned only $ 32 Subway

April 19 2007

Recognized as the best in the U.S. 39-year-old violinist Joshua Bell was able to earn by playing in the pedestrian subway in Washington, only 32 dollars and 17 cents. He played works of Kreisler, Schubert, Massenet and Bach on the violin Stradivari. In 45 minutes past him were thousands of people, and only one woman knew Bella. An experiment involving a famous musician, concert tickets which are usually from one hundred dollars or more, was coined by journalists.

According to the authors of the experiment Bell, dressed in jeans, a sweater and a baseball cap, had to spend from half an hour to an hour in the morning rush hour at the station L'Enfant Plaza American capital. Around the station there are numerous buildings of the federal ministries. The behavior of pedestrians hurrying to work watching correspondent with a hidden camera, and those few who stopped and threw the money in the Violin Case Bell, at the exit interviewing another journalist.

The musician was very surprised by the fact that most passers-by did not even turning his head towards him as if he was not at all. And only Stancionnaya chistilschitsa shoes at the station felt that his performance is too loud. The sponsors felt that in Washington, one of the "Philharmonic developed" cities of America, Bell will collect as many students in the transition, which may need the police. However, the musician learned only one woman who came to the very end of the experiment. She put in his case twenty dollars and had the Bell at the end of an impromptu concert. These funds were not included in the final "bill" Bella, pass more.

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