I'm doing a bit of research on the arts as they appear in the Pali canon (which I read only in English, btw). I'm interested in tracking down suttas in which the Buddha comments directly on the arts, either positively or negatively.
An example of the former is the Talaputa Sutta, in which the actor that bears the sutta's name comes to ask the Buddha a question. Is it true, he inquires, that actors, on account of giving pleasure to audiences, are at death reborn among the laughing devas (the celestial angels)? The Buddha asks him not to ask, to leave the question, but Talaputa persists and the Buddha finally responds with unhappy news. Any actor who incites others to desire, aversion, and delusion will surely go straight to hell or be reborn as an animal.
An example of the latter can be found in the Sakapanha Sutta. The god Sakka wishes to have a discussion with the Buddha, but asks a celestial musician to act as an intermediary. The lute player Pancasikha approaches the Buddha in meditation and sings a verse “extolling the Buddha, the Dhamma, the Arahants, and love” to which the Buddha responds: “Pancasikha, the sound of your strings blends so well with your song, and your song with the strings, that neither prevails excessively over the others.”
If you know of any others, I would be most happy to hear about them.