As I was reading the latest posts on DataRescue’s IDA Pro registered user’s forum, I got puzzled by a post by JC Robert, about a violonist playing near a metro station in Washington DC. It is a long and well written story that you can read here.
If you are short of time, the story above is about one of the greatest living violonists that was asked by the Washington Post to play anonymously near L’Enfant Plaza metro station (a station in Washington D.C.). The results are stunning. Although he was playing a few of the most extraordinary and moving songs on a 17th century Stradivarius, most people just passed by and didn’t stop. Only about 35 persons stopped to listen, only one recognized him. He collected around 35$ for his one hour performance (usually his concerts let him earn thousands of dollars…).
An interesting experience, and I feel happy that this experience had been made possible, as it reflects the contemporary way of living of people… busy and not paying attention to their own environment, exactly as illustrated in the great Koyaanisqatsi movie I already mentionned in my blog.
I really like classical music, especially piano solo (Keith Jarrett La Scala or Radiance are nearly perfect)or violin. And I can feel the sadness or surprise of this great artist from not being applaused after each of its song, or not even being noticed by most people.
RESUME Le Washington Post a tenté une expérience intéressante en demandant à l’un des plus grands virtuoses de jouer du violon à la sortie du métro… Résultat : presque personne ne s’arrête, le répertoire joué étant pourtant celui donné lors de concerts à plus de 100 $ la place… par le même génie et avec le même violon, un Stradivarius unique ! Intéressant sur le plan sociétal, représentatif de l’évolution de la société et des préoccupations de nos concitoyens.