In a social experiment initiated by the Washington Post, the world-renowned Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell stood playing his $3 million violin posing as a busker in the Washington Metro. The question posed was “In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?"It was reported that 1,070 people passed him by without paying him any attention.
Sergei Rachmaninov, who was by now resident in the USA, together with two other exiles wrote a letter to the New York Times, to condemn the "Communist oppressors of Russia". He mentioned the starvation, concentration camps, executions without trial, repression of dissent and "cruelties, wholesale murders and common law crimes." The letter resulted in a temporary ban on Rachmaninov's works in Russia. In his final years, Rachmaninov proclaimed how grateful he was to America, and to have become a naturalised American citizen.
I. Allegro moderato
No. 3 in C Minor: Grave
No. 5 in E-Flat Minor: Appassionato
Opening Applause to Horowitz Recital of November 24, 1968
I. Andante con espressione
1. Äusserst bewegt