Convenient excuses for low arts attendance

I'm going to start blame World of Warcraft for the decline of Classical Music audiences--damn you, Thrall!
I’m going to start blaming World of Warcraft for the decline of Classical Music audiences–damn you, Thrall!

Joe Patti posted an excellent rebuttal of the idea that arcane terminology and practices are killing the arts.  Not exactly the phrase used, but soul-sucking and alienating have pretty negative connotations too, eh?

This is something we hear all in relation to how relevant the arts are to today’s audiences.  That no one has the time to learn the concert etiquette for Classical music, or that no one has the time to listen to a two to three hour performance, or that no one wants to spend the time to learn about the jargon that arts insiders and fans have which allow them to converse meaningfully about a performance (or the practice) of an arts event or field.

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“World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King” sheet music

Original sheet music edition of "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King" by Alfred Music Publishing

So last Saturday I was doing some shopping at one of the local sheet music outlets (Noteworthy Music) and I came across a piano/vocal score of “Wrath of the Lich King” from World of Warcraft.  For those of you who don’t know, World of Warcraft (aka WOW) is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).  I’ve never played it and with only brief stints on Second life and some of the online browser games like Travian, I’ve only seen this played by some friends.

I do admit that I have played the computer game versions of Warcraft, however, so I’m not entirely immune from knowledge of the franchise!

So, as I said, I came across this piano/vocal reduction I just had to buy a copy.  I think it will be a perfect tune (or set of tunes) to do with the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project because.  Really, who wouldn’t want to see Klingons singing a World of Warcraft tune?

Even better would be Klingons dressed up as the undead–I wanna be Kel’Thuzad, though Arthas (in his Death Knight incarnation) would be a close second choice.