Virtual Concert Review Content:

Virtual Concert Review Content:

  • Reports are to be based on ONE COMPLETE performance of music (1000 words minimum).
  • All performances must have prior instructor approval for credit. Students will submit, by email, their concert selection to the instructor for approval. Once approved, the students will submit in the corresponding assignment link, a short written description of the music event to be reviewed.
  • The concert reviews do not have to follow any formal writing format, but must be well organized with good paragraphs and proper grammar, spelling, an introduction and conclusion, and correct punctuation.
  • Your reports should include a summary and critique of the concert and also must include some information about the music (see #3 below), which may be in the program notes or discussed at the concert.
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you will include:

  1. Describe the concert environment: appearance of the hall, performers, & audience.
  2. Make general music observations: number and types of instruments used.
  3. Include specific musical observations:
  4. Date of the compositions, historical period, and/or information about the

composer(s).

(Minimal amount in your own words—Plagiarism will result in a failing grade).

  1. You may also want to include:
    • The composition (music & performance) you liked best.
    • The composition (music & performance) you liked the least.
  2. Provide general reactions to the concert.

Due Date: Specific Date will be included in Course Calendar. Format:

  • Papers are to be typed in 12-point non-bold type using Times Roman font, with a one-inch margin on both sides as well as on top and bottom
  • Double-space between lines to allow room for comments. Do not use paragraph headings – work all information into sentence form. Do not put extra spaces between paragraphs or major sections; rather, use appropriate wording to establish a significant change in emphasis.
  • Refer to attached “Concert Report Guidelines” for additional guidance.

Additional Concert Report Guidance and Suggestions

Listening to live performances is an essential part of learning to appreciate and understand music. Here are some general guidelines to help you listen, think, and write about a concert.

Basic Information to Include

  • When and where did the concert take place? How long did it last?
  • How many pieces were performed? What were they called, and how many movements

were in each? Who composed each piece?

  • Who were the performers (name of the ensemble and/or names of the soloists)?
  • If there was a conductor, what was his or her name?
  • What types of instruments were played and/or what types of voice parts were featured?
  • Was there any special purpose to the concert? If so, explain.

General Questions to Keep in Mind

  • What was your general reaction to the concert? How did the performance sound to you?
  • Was the music performed well?

o Were the musicians rhythmically “together”?
o Were they playing/singing in tune?
o Did any instruments or voices stick out?
o How would you rate the musicians’ technical ability and the energy of their

performance?
o Did they seem well prepared for the concert?

  • Which composition did you like best? Why? (For instance, what specifically did you like about the piece itself or the way it was performed?)
  • Which composition did you like least? Why?
  • Did any of the compositions trigger an emotional response from you? What were your

specific feelings or thoughts in response to the music?

  • Is this type of concert experience new to you? If so, how do you think that might have

influenced your perceptions of what you heard and observed?

  • What makes a performance an artistic event?

Specific Points to Consider

You may want to focus your discussion and analysis of the concert on one or more of the following points.

• Describe what you heard and observed using the following musical terms, elements, and concepts discussed in class.

o Genre (symphony, concerto, string quartet, etc.)
o Stylistic period (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, etc.)
o Mood (emotion conveyed by the music and performers)
o Pitch To what extent does pitch vary throughout the piece? How do changes in pitch

reflect changes in mood?
o Rhythm (beat, accent, tempo, meter, syncopation) How were the elements of rhythm

used to create special or interesting musical effects?
o Dynamics (level of sound) Identify changes in dynamics and discuss the effects these

changes create.
o Tone color (bright, brassy, warm, ringing, hollow, etc.) o Mode (major, minor)

o Harmony/melody Discuss the balance (or lack of it) between the melody and its “accompaniment.” Did you hear consonance, dissonance, or a combination of both?

o Motives/themes Identify and note where individual motives and themes are first introduced and subsequently reappear in each piece.

o Texture (monophony, homophony, polyphony, etc.)

o Form (sonata form, A B A, theme and variations, etc.)

  • Using the musical terminology and concepts covered in class, discuss the most interesting

musical elements or features of the pieces that were performed.

  • Compare the pieces from this performance with other compositions you have studied in

class, noting similarities and differences. (Note: In selecting a composition from class, you may want to look for a piece by the same composer, from the same style period, or of the same genre as the piece or pieces from the performance.)

  • How does this concert compare to other performances you attended previously?
  • Describe the behavior of the performers and the audience. What, if any, interaction

occurred between the two? What kinds of behavioral expectations do performers and audiences bring to the concert? How are these expectations satisfied or frustrated?

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