Multimedia Works Gaining Ground

A new article by Anne Midgette for the Washington Post explores the growing frequency of multimedia works in orchestra performances.

As Midgette's mention of 'Appalachian Spring' suggests, multimedia art is hardly new. Ballet is multimedia; opera is multimedia. Wagner's concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk was by definition multimedia. 

Song itself represents a kind of multimedia: the simultaneous experience of music and poetry. 

What is new are certain technologies. Artists are a creative lot, as we know. Whenever they acquire new resources, they explore them.

Ars longa, vita brevis.

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