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Professor Robert Greenberg

Professor Robert Greenberg
  • San Francisco Performances
  • University of California, Berkeley
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For thousands of years cultures have celebrated themselves through their music. Let us always be willing and able to join that celebration by listening as carefully as we can to what, through music, we have to say to one another.

Dr. Robert Greenberg is Music Historian-in-Residence with San Francisco Performances. A graduate of Princeton University, Professor Greenberg holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley. He has seen his compositions—which include more than 45 works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles—performed all over the world, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands.

He has served on the faculties of the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, Hayward; and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts organizations in the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Van Cliburn Foundation, and the Chicago Symphony. For The Great Courses, he has recorded more than 500 lectures on a range of composers and classical music genres.

Professor Greenberg is a Steinway Artist. His many other honors include three Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prizes and a Koussevitzky commission from the Library of Congress. He has been profiled in various major publications, including The Wall Street Journal; Inc. magazine; and the London Times.

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" I am a huge fan of Professor Greenberg! I have played music most of my life and love going to classical concerts. Now I will have a much better understanding of why I love the music so!"

 

 

"I was a music education major and definately wish I had Robert Greenberg as a professor.  He is extremely knowledgeable, appropriately funny and ties all the historical facts together so well they are rememberd and understood very clearly."

 

 

"Professor Robert Greenberg is wonderfully passionate, humorous, witty and knowledgeable. He is living what he is teaching. What a joy it would be to his student."

 

 

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  1. Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $129.95
    Professor Robert Greenberg offers a spirited introduction to the mysterious realm of music theory—the complex syntax of structural and instrumental resources that composers draw on. Sidestepping the necessity to read music, these lectures represent a rare opportunity for learning music theory—for understanding the processes of composition. The course will reward you many times over as you find yourself enjoying...
  2. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $349.95
    This course can permanently enrich your life. With Professor Robert Greenberg as your teacher, you will hear and understand an entire language of unmatched beauty, genius, and power. Using digitally recorded passages to illustrate his points, Professor Greenberg takes you inside magnificent compositions by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and more. After...
  3. The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $249.95
    In The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works, join Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg as he guides you through 30 works that, in his expert opinion, can be considered among the greatest orchestral works in the history of Western concert music. Rich with detailed musical excerpts, these 32 lectures will open your ears to the profound joy and meaning of landmark creations by Haydn, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and...
  4. The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $199.95
    The piano has inspired many of the greatest compositional works in the Western concert repertoire since the mid-18th century. These historic milestones in piano writing are celebrated for their compositional mastery and their extraordinary power to move listeners and mirror human experience; their use of the piano in groundbreaking or unique ways; and the fact that they have stood the test of time. Now, in The...
  5. How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $249.95
    For more than 400 years, opera has been one of the most popular performing arts. Professor Robert Greenberg can show you how you can learn to understand, appreciate—even to love—opera in just 32 lectures. With the knowledge of opera from this course, you will understand how opera is a unique marriage of words and music in which the whole is far greater than its parts. You will learn the reasons for...
  6. Bach and the High Baroque

    Bach and the High Baroque

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $249.95
    The music of Johann Sebastian Bach fuses emotional power, religious devotion, technical virtuosity, diverse national styles, and sheer genius in ways that are unforgettable, delightful, and moving. Professor Robert Greenberg explains all this and more with compelling insight, deep human sympathy, and puckish wit. Join him, and learn to hear Bach with more pleasure and understanding than ever before.
  7. The Symphony

    The Symphony

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $199.95
    This course brings longtime Teaching Company favorite Professor Robert Greenberg to a 300-year survey of the symphony with the enthusiasm, energy, and breadth of knowledge that are his trademarks. As you explore the evolution and development of this remarkable musical genre, you enjoy musical excerpts from well- known compositions in addition to some that may be new to you, along with enlightening musical and...
  8. Great Masters: Mozart-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Mozart-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Great Masters: Mozart—His Life and Music is a biographical and musical study of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed more than 600 works of beauty and brilliance in just over 20 years. You'll learn about Mozart's journey from youthful prodigy to posthumous deification, his struggles for a successful career, his relationships with family, friends, and fellow composers, his musical triumphs and disasters, and...
  9. Symphonies of Beethoven

    Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $249.95
    Almost since their creation, Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies-each one pathbreaking and stunning-have formed the cornerstone of orchestral literature. Viewed from the unique vantage point that Professor Robert Greenberg offers, "The Nine" bear witness to Beethoven's artistic brilliance as well as the profound and continuing influence of his achievements.
  10. Music of Richard Wagner Sale

    Music of Richard Wagner

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $275.00
    Join composer and award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg for The Music of Richard Wagner, a highly incisive and in-depth investigation of the life and art of one of the greatest—and most controversial—characters in the pantheon of Western music. These 24 musically rich lectures are an accessible introduction to Wagner's celebrated works, from The Flying Dutchman to Tristan and Isolde to The Ring of the...
  11. Great Masters: Beethoven-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Beethoven-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Place the life of Ludwig van Beethoven in a stronger social, political, and cultural framework with Great Masters: Beethoven—His Life and Music. Award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg makes the case that Beethoven was one of the most prolific and inspiring forces in the history of music, after whom nothing would ever be the same again. You'll learn about Beethoven's dysfunctional family life,...
  12. Chamber Music of Mozart Sale

    Chamber Music of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $220.00
    Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances presents an outstanding opportunity to study and enjoy a variety of chamber works drawn primarily from Mozart’s golden years in Vienna, 1781–1791. The centerpiece of this 16-lecture course is the set of six Haydn string quartets that Mozart dedicated to his friend, the great Joseph Haydn.
  13. String Quartets of Beethoven Sale

    String Quartets of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $325.00
    In The String Quartets of Beethoven, award-winning composer and celebrated Great Courses Professor Robert Greenberg guides you through the power and beauty of the maestro's 16 quartets for two violins, viola, and cello. This captivating new course is a rare opportunity for you to grasp the musical riches and spiritual greatness of the quartets in a clear and accessible way. In twenty-four 45-minute lectures,...
  14. Great Masters: Brahms-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Brahms-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Great Masters: Brahms—His Life and Music is a course that links the complexities of this enduring Western composer with his electrifying works through biographical information and musical commentary. Join award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg on an examination of how Brahms found unique ways of combining the formal complexity of older Classical genres with the melodic inventiveness, harmonic...
  15. Great Masters: Mahler-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Mahler-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    More than many other composers, Gustav Mahler's works are highly personal expressions of his inner world—one characterized by an overwhelming sense of alienation and loneliness. Great Masters: Mahler—His Life and Music is a biographical and musical study of Mahler, who, along with being a composer, was the greatest opera conductor of his time. Professor Robert Greenberg's lectures bring to life this...
  16. Great Masters: Tchaikovsky-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Tchaikovsky-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Discover why Peter Illych Tchaikovsky exhibits as close a link as you will find anywhere between an artist's inner world and the outward products of his creative activity with Great Masters: Tchaikovsky—His Life and Music. Award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg reveals how, as a man, Tchaikovsky was defined by his music, which became an outlet for all the shifting moods of his turbulent soul. Tchaikovsky...
  17. Great Masters: Shostakovich-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Shostakovich-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Discover the extraordinary life, times, and music of Dmitri Shostakovich, the great composer who proved to be a faithful witness to the survival of the human spirit under totalitarianism. In Great Masters: Shostakovich—His Life and Music, award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg reveals why Shostakovich is, without a doubt, one of the most central composers of the 20th century. In addition to...
  18. Great Masters: Haydn-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Haydn-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Experience the musical riches of Franz Joseph Haydn, an artist so technically superb that he has come to exemplify the Classical style. In Great Masters: Haydn—His Life and Music, explore the life, works, and legacy of one of the most original and influential composers of all time. Taught by award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg, this course will reveal Haydn's extraordinary achievements not merely as...
  19. Great Masters: Stravinsky-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Stravinsky-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg's Great Masters: Stravinsky—His Life and Music depicts the career of Igor Stravinsky as a dizzying, enthralling progression that creates a virtual artistic history of the West from the 1890s to the late 1960s. Discover this master of musical creativity to be a one-man compendium of people, places, compositional styles, and techniques. Among other things, these lectures...
  20. Great Masters: Liszt-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Liszt-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Musically, Franz Liszt is one of the most written about but least understood composers of the 19th century. Join award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg on a fascinating journey to learn the truth about this enduring composer in Great Masters: Liszt—His Life and Music. More than anyone before him, it was Liszt who created one of the most enduring archetypes of the Romantic era: the artist "who walks with God...
  21. Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $199.95
    Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas provide a window into his personal musical development and highlight the piano as an evolving instrument. Professor Robert Greenberg combines analysis of extensive musical excerpts with historical anecdotes, metaphors, and humor to show what goes on inside a musical composition and how Beethoven often broke all former rules to achieve a new, powerful effect.
  22. Concert Masterworks Sale

    Concert Masterworks

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $460.00
    This course examines eight great concert masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Liszt. You explore the life, times, personality, and stylistic assumptions of the composers and analyze each composition's form, themes, thematic relationships, and expressive content. You will also discuss the impact on musical development of the Enlightenment aesthetic ideal, nationalism,...
  23. Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann-Their Lives and Music

    Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann-Their Lives and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $89.95
    Meet Robert and Clara Wieck Schumann, the most brilliant, gifted, troubled, and unique couple in the history of concert music. In Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann—Their Lives and Music, taught by popular Teaching Company Professor Robert Greenberg, learn why this critic and composer and his pianist wife have earned a distinct place in the annals of Western music. These fascinating lectures take you...
  24. Life and Operas of Verdi

    Life and Operas of Verdi

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $249.95
    Giuseppe Verdi is still the most popular composer in the 400-year history of opera. What were the sources of his unbridled creativity? And why have his operas left such a lasting impression on the history of classical music? Discover the answers in The Life and Operas of Verdi, a fascinating 36-lecture course taught by award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg. Tour Verdi's life and music, and trace his...
  25. The Concerto

    The Concerto

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $199.95
    A concerto is exciting in ways that no other instrumental music can match. Where a symphony enthralls us with themes that are contrasted, varied, transformed, and developed, a concerto adds the extra dimension of human drama—the exhilaration of a soloist or group of soloists ringing forth against the mass of the orchestra. In this course, Professor Robert Greenberg gives you a guided tour of the concerto from its...
  26. Operas of Mozart

    Operas of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $199.95
    Mozart pushed the genre of opera to the point of comprehensive reinvention in his brief life, continually excelling in its composition and continually delighting audiences. Perhaps no composer has ever loved opera with more passion. Teaching Company favorite Professor Robert Greenberg examines Mozart's life, influences, and major operas. The scandalous Cosi fan tutte, crystalline Magic Flute, majestic Don Giovanni...