A Writer’s Guide in Writing a Classical Music Concert Review

A Writer’s Guide in Writing a Classical Music Concert Review

Writing a review about a concert is not uncommon especially to music lovers.

These reviews are helpful not just for the writer to express his thoughts and feelings about a concert; it also gives other people a chance to experience (at least in their imagination) the vibe of the concert. Some concert review sites even go further giving helpful information about upcoming concerts.

Apart from writing your experience and thoughts about the event, it is also important to pay attention to the manner of writing. This is a critical element that makes a review more interesting to the readers.

In reviewing classical music, a number of literary pointers must not be bypassed. However, reviewing such genre should not be intimidating and must be relatable to anyone, even those who have limited background in music. Keep in mind that reviewing a concert is just like a sharing of experience.

Here are some tips to write a classical music concert review:

  1. Describe the setting.

Give all details you remember so that the reader can somehow visualize the actual setting in concert. State the date, venue, ambiance of the place, stage and audience area design, size and type of audience etc. This way you make your reader feel as if present in the live concert.

  1. Be transparent.

Before you start elaborating on your insights, clarify where you are coming from.

  1. For someone who does not have a formal background in classical music, this means uttering a disclaimer that all comments that will be mentioned come from an outsider. Do not talk about technicalities in music that you are not well-knowledgeable of. It is advisable for beginners to focus on the overall emotional impact of the music played by the performers.
  2. For usual concert-goers, comparing bands or orchestras may be acceptable especially for those who have previously watched other groups’ performance. Doing so helps you distinguish the difference between two separate groups of performers. Comparing two different performance from one group is also good. Changes in style, composition or instruments used may be observed.
  3. For professional musicians, reviews may probably be more technical compare to the previous ones. You can concentrate on the minute details that may not be obvious to the general public. But remember to write in such a way that is easily understandable to everyone. Make use of words that are familiar to them. Name the instruments used by the orchestra whether they are wind, percussion or string instruments. You can also point to other websites to give your readers a view of what the instrument looks like. For instance, http://windplays.com/ has several useful reviews of different wind musical instruments. Treat the review as a way of educating other people about music.
  1. Mean what you say.

It is okay to have your own opinion, be confident and stand by it. Reading reviews with definite remarks is a lot more convincing compared to those unsure comments. Other people will always have their own opinions, so might as well make yours.

  1. Catch your reader’s attention.

To keep your reader’s attention on your review, be ready to put apply your sense of humor on your way of writing. Not only in reviews, is keeping the attention of the readers every writer’s goal. Try your best to entertain your reader.

Finally, make sure to provide your readers a good ending for the review. Conclude whether or not the concert is worth watching. Wrap it up with a recommendation.

Author: Julio