Can we all agree that beauty is a subjective thing? If so...don't get in a tiff if I keep walking. What else is subjective? Calling something a masterpiece? I'd say so. The author is implying, or rather, flat out saying that because people didn't stop to listen or even drop some money into his case in appreciation, that we as a society have someone been diminshed by our day to day rush. How well...stupid. I'm guessing the author has no idea how the people passing by could have been affected by just hearing the music and walking by...carrying it in their heads at the start of a busy day. This could go on and on...my main point actually is that most people in the western world have this belief that "classical" music is something to be appreciated above all else...as if it exists on a whole other plain. "Classical" music is nothing more than a distilled for of art music - a dead form mostly - of European origins. I may be biased however....I just hate articles like this "experiment".