The Ethereal Concerto

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
198 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2024
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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

The Ethereal Concerto by Barry Robbins is a magical story that takes readers on a journey through space and time, introducing them to both real and fictional musicians. The story is set in the enchanted Ethereal Bar, where a mysterious man interviews the musicians about their music careers and lives. The bartender reveals that there will be a spectacular concert where all the artists will come together to perform their glorious instruments. It doesn't matter what genre of music they represent, whether it's Niccolò Paganini and his Devil's Fiddle, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, an Aboriginal Tribal Elder, or Bill Clinton on the saxophone - they are all invited.

The Ethereal Concerto is one of the most creative and unique tales I have ever come across. The mystery and anticipation for the grand finale were built up well. From the first page, Barry Robbins captivates the reader with his vivid description of the Ethereal Bar, setting the scene for the story to unfold. The book celebrates music, delving into its different aspects, discussing its adventurous side, the unity it brings, how it has been used for revolutions, and its transforming power. Music transcends language and race, evoking emotions, and inspiring creativity. The connection between the artists and their instruments was a consistent theme that gave a glimpse into the artists' mastery of their craft and ability to infuse life and emotion into their instruments. I enjoyed reading this story and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a unique tale about the power of music.

Diana Lopez

Music is the language of the soul. It is represented in a variety of genres, each of which highlights a different aspect of our being. Barry Robbins invites us to reflect on the meaning of music and what is involved in its composition in The Ethereal Concerto. The story takes place in The Ethereal Bar, a place out of time where characters from all eras can coexist. The Interviewer is responsible for bringing the bar to life and talking with different personalities from the music scene. He introduces us to classical figures like Tchaikovsky and rock characters like Jimi Hendrix. Each interview helps us understand the essence of music from a different perspective. At the same time, the bar is preparing for an unprecedented event with carefully selected guest musicians: The Ethereal Gala Concert.

I loved The Ethereal Concerto for its variety of characters and for adding a touch of fantasy with the presence of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The musicians employ a wide range of instruments and sometimes share details about them using simple language. Barry Robbins gives readers a special narrative with an atmosphere full of sensations. He describes light and sound in detail, creating a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. The characters have distinct personalities, which they emphasize by moving and gesturing. Each of them shares a story that allows us to appreciate the music more deeply. The story is enjoyable and maintains a reader's interest at all times because it is unique. The Ethereal Concerto is an inspiring read because it shows that music is made to share and unite hearts.

Luwi Nyakansaila

The Ethereal Concerto by Barry Robbins welcomes you to the Ethereal Bar, a magical place where musicians from different eras and realms come to perform and share their stories. They talk about their favorite performances, influences, and fellow artists they would love to collaborate with. They are interviewed by a curious young man who is eager for knowledge and served magical potions by a mysterious bartender, who invites them to the concert that will be held on December 25th. It will be a powerful show featuring renowned composers and artists. All the guests are invited to perform and showcase their talent and unique style. The concert will host famous classical musicians and composers, jazz performers, mythical legends, and talented artists from India and Australia who specialize in traditional instruments.

The Ethereal Concerto is a fascinating story that delves into the world of music and its multiple facets. It takes readers on an adventure to a timeless place for a diverse and unforgettable experience. What I loved about this story was that each musician who visited the Ethereal Bar or wrote a letter addressed to it had a unique interpretation of what music represents. Louis Armstrong brought the patrons together with his song, Jimi Hendrix spoke about how music could be used as a revolutionary tool, and Pablo Casals explained that it is a language that transcends cultural boundaries. My favorite artist was the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a mythical flutist who arrived to share his side of the story. His arrival was unexpected, and his message about broken promises and their consequences was profound. The book is well-written, with a smooth flow and an intriguing storyline. It is a must-read that will inspire you and make you appreciate all genres of music. Overall, this is excellent work.