Saturday, April 07, 2007

Bell's Hell?

Via Justin Davidson I found this incredible article in the Washington Post by Gene Weingarten. The basic premise sounds trite: let's have Joshua Bell pose as a busker at a subway stop and see if people notice his talent. But the conclusions Mr. Weingarten makes are wonderfully complex, investigating all possible angles and tossing out philosophical angles by Kant, Leibniz, and Hume. He also includes a great description of Bach's Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, the history of Bell's Stradivarious, and other magical bits of trivia and insight. Go read this article now, and then beg Mr. Weingarten (not a music critic) to write more about music.

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