December 13, 2006

Mozart in the Digital Age

If only Mozart could have imagined that some two-hundred years after his death he would be fully reborn in the information age. From Reuters via Yahoo:

Mozart's entire musical score now free on Internet

Some highlights:

The International Mozart Foundation in Salzburg, Austria has put a scholarly edition of the bound volumes of Mozart's more than 600 works on a website.

The site allows visitors to find specific symphonies, arias or even single lines of text from some 24,000 pages of music.

For example:
A user who types in "Pamina" from Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" will see the music for all five arias she sings, as well as critical texts discussing those passages.
One of the most influential composers in music history, his genius is now at your fingertips whenever you want it. And it need not stop there. It appears as though this will be just the first in a long series of gurus whose libraries will be revitalized online. At least that's what the hope is. Imagine not long from now parents and children being able to enjoy the full breadth and richness of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and so many others in their schools, libraries, and homes. This kind of access to human artistry is unprecedented and and with it, who knows if we might just see another Renaissance.

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