Media analysis and reporting on music-related issues, such as traditional music, popular music, and classical musical, is known as music journalism. In the seventeenth century, journalists started writing about music and offering opinions on what is now known as classical music. After The Beatles’ commercial success in the 1960s, music journalists started to focus more on reporting popular music like rock and pop. With the development of the internet in the 2000s, music criticism gained a significant online presence, with professional critics, aspiring critics, and music bloggers supplanting print media. Reviews of songs, albums, and live performances as well as biographies of recording artists and coverage of music news and events are all part of today’s music journalism.
Classical music criticism has its origins in the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of music that has been composed and notated in a score, as well as the assessment of the performance of classical songs and pieces, such as symphonies and concertos, where music journalism first emerged.
Before the 1840s, articles about music were either published in London periodicals like The Musical Times, or in musical journals like the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung and the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, which Robert Schumann started in 1834.
Others by journalists working for general-interest publications whose primary goals did not include music. James William Davison of The Times, for instance, was a significant 19th-century English music critic. Hector Berlioz, a composer, also contributed reviews and critiques to the Paris newspaper in the 1830s and 1840s.