The New York Times Arts Beat blog reports that NSO Associate Conductor Emil de Cou has crafted a series of tweets that will function as real-time program notes at the July 30 performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. De Cou describes the initiative as “an adult musical pop-up book written for first timers and concert veterans alike.”
Here’s how it works: the timed tweets will coincide with the programmatic elements in Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony — for example, when Beethoven’s woodwinds wind up to mimic birdsong, concert-goers who are tuned into Twitter will get a heads up.
The Baltimore Sun‘s Clef Notes blog covers the Twitter breakthrough, too, and the comments both villify and venerate the NSO’s tech-friendly idea. What’s your take? Tweeted program notes: Yeah or nay?