Essay Cove

Essay Cove

the Concert Review assignment should be at least 500 – 600 words.  We welcome your honest descriptions of your experience. The assignment can be turned in as soon as you have completed it, and we recommend that you write your concert review shortly after having attended the performance. 

You have considerable liberty as to what you write about.  Your paper, though, must address the following

1) Your experience of attending the performance, which can serve as a "frame" for your review. The performance venue, the people you see, the stage—describe these aspects of the experience that take place before the concert itself.  Convey to the reader distinctive characteristics of the performance venue and the stage setting, as well as any details of your own personal viewing space that you would like to share.

2) The performance—the performers, the instruments, the music, the conductor—this is the heart of what you are writing about! Select the piece or pieces that most impressed you. Describe the performance and your response to the music. Highlight individual performers, if that was one of the impressive aspects of the concert. Describe as best you can what you hear and how it affects you.

3) Consider, too, whether you recognize any aspects of tonality in the music.  Has our study thus far allowed you to perceive tonal aspects of the music that you might not have observed before studying?  For example, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, timbre—are there aspects of these musical elements that stand out for you that you can describe?

4) Finally, reflect on what it is like to engage in the arts in this format. Has the experience changed you in any significant way? Offer a conclusion to your paper that conveys your "take-away" from the experience.

One final suggestion: Write in your own "voice," and be as expressive as you can. Make this an interesting and enjoyable read! After the reader has read your concert review, if the reader wants to be there with you the next time to share the experience, then you have done a superb job!

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