Music | New albums are strong examples of art about art
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 6/14/18, 12:40 pm
It’s said that art imitates life and that life imitates art.
But life has also been known to imitate life. And sometimes art imitates art.
Consider, for example, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Mussorgsky based most of the suite’s movements on paintings and sketches by his late friend Viktor Hartmann. That one was a costume design for a ballet based on a short story actually makes Mussorgsky’s corresponding piece (“Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks”) an example of art imitating art imitating art imitating art.