The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

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Professor Robert Greenberg, Ph.D.
San Francisco Performances
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  • Explore the "Well-Tempered" tuning system and Bach's encyclopedic use of musical genres.
  • Take apart the musical architecture of the G Minor Ballade to discover how Chopin created a dramatic poem.
  • Learn how Liszt redefined what was physically possible in piano playing.
  • Study the five elements of Debussy's revolutionary style, including "modal" melodies, rhythmic fluidity, and tone color.

Course Overview

As a solo concert instrument, the piano enjoys an unrivaled popularity in Western music. Capable of a vast sonic range, from ethereal softness to thundering grandeur, its appeal is global and seemingly eternal. For nearly 200 years, audiences have packed concert halls and opera houses to hear performers play this single, phenomenal instrument.

One of the primary reasons for the piano’s popularity is the fact that it has inspired many of the greatest compositional masterworks in the concert repertoire. The piano’s harmonic and melodic capabilities, tone colors, and orchestral resources have fascinated composers—the majority of them highly accomplished pianists themselves—since the mid-18th century. The result is a magnificent body of work, from the intricate and lyric creations of the High Baroque and Classical masters to the passionate visions of Romantic virtuosos to the revolutionary sonorities of pianistic “impressionism” and modernism.

Within the rich repertoire of the piano, a group of unique masterworks stand out as the greatest achievements of this tradition. These historic milestones in piano writing are celebrated for several key reasons:

  • They have commanded the respect of the music world through their compositional mastery and their extraordinary power to move listeners and mirror human experience.
  • They have used the resources of the piano in groundbreaking or unique ways.
  • They have stood the test of time, continuing to enthrall and amaze each new generation of concertgoers.

To study these works and to understand their genius and enduring appeal is to know one of the greatest accomplishments of Western culture, works that provide pleasure even as they deepen your insight into the power and meaning of music.

In The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works, Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances returns with an in-depth exploration of the solo piano works he considers to be among the most exceptional landmarks in the literature. The 23 works you’ll study represent the selections of an internationally respected composer and music historian, carefully chosen to highlight the most significant compositional and pianistic achievements in the solo piano repertoire.

Encounter a Magnificent Tradition in Art

These 24 engrossing lectures guide you through more than 200 years of music. Beginning with the towering figure of Bach, followed by Mozart and Beethoven, you encounter the piano music of such great 19th-century masters as Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt, before moving forward to visionary modernists including Scriabin, Debussy, and Prokofiev. In Professor Greenberg’s trademark style, each lecture focuses on a single work in a fresh, accessible encounter with the musical substance of the piece, welcoming listeners new to concert music as well as experienced concert music lovers.

In addition to your study of the music, the lectures expose you to a rich panorama of music history. You dig deeply into the artistic and social environments that the compositions reflect, shedding light on what inspired these great works and how they were created. As a third key layer of the course, you delve into the extraordinary history of the piano itself, discovering the ways in which the evolution of the instrument directly affected the music that composers wrote for it.

As a compelling feature of the video version of this course, the three dynamic concert pianists who play most of the musical excerpts encountered during the course appear on camera. This is a unique chance to not only hear the music superbly played, but to watch the pianists at the keyboard and to observe the extraordinary “choreography” of hands and body that goes into a performance.

A Solo Repertoire Unparalleled in Western Music

Within the wide range of periods and styles you study, you’ll explore these timeless works:

  • BeethovenDiabelli Variations: Penetrate the musical structure of this crown jewel of the repertoire, as Beethoven magically transforms the theme through successive variations, leading to a transcendent conclusion that invokes the spirit of Bach.
  • ChopinPréludes, opus 28: From this iconic Romantic composer for the piano, experience the expressive power, intimacy, and nuance of these beloved short pieces, embodied in keyboard sonorities of ravishing beauty.
  • LisztYears of Pilgrimage: Observe how these daring pieces, penned by history’s defining piano virtuoso, create dazzling pianistic effects that push the limits of both the player and the instrument.
  • DebussyPréludes, Book One: As one of the most original composers in piano history, Debussy forged trailblazing pathways in musical harmonies, textures, and nonlinear time, all of which you’ll follow in these powerfully evocative miniatures.
  • AlbénizIberia: In this luminous journey into the culture of Spain, grasp the compositional techniques through which Albéniz evokes the reverie and passion of Andalusian gypsies, guitarists, and Flamenco dancers.
  • Copland—Piano Variations: From our own shores, discover the brilliant synthesis of European modernism, West African rhythm and melodic structure, jazz, and machine-age dynamism that drives this uniquely American masterwork.

The Piano: History of a Cultural Treasure

Parallel with the unfolding of the musical repertoire, you follow the history of the piano’s technological evolution, from the development in 1700 of the first piano “action”—a mechanism enabling the instrument to produce gradations of volume from soft to loud—through successive design innovations that increased the instrument’s power and resonance, culminating with the fully modern piano of the 1870s. Here, you discover how changes in piano design made entire new types of keyboard music possible.

You learn, for example, about the “double escapement” mechanism, pioneered in the 1820s, that made fast repeated notes possible and allowed Liszt to create a sort of piano music that could never have been played on earlier pianos. And you grasp how Debussy used the resonance and overtones of the modern piano to create the shimmering, otherworldly atmospheres that characterize his piano writing.

In studying the individual works in the course, you learn about the musical forms and structural procedures that underlie them—such as sonata form, rondo form, fugue, and canon—allowing you to follow the music’s structure as you listen, and also to appreciate the masterful use of these forms. Understanding sonata form, for example, allows you to appreciate how Prokofiev’s thoroughly modernist use of the form differed from its use by Beethoven and Liszt before him, and how the three composers employed this same musical structure to realize hugely different expressive visions.

You also learn in detail about the compositional means used by the great composers for the piano to realize their creative impulses. Early in the course, you see how Bach used the musical pitches of his Fugue no. 4 to depict the Christian cross, making explicit his own identification with Christ’s suffering. Later, you study Schubert’s glorious use of lyric, thematic melodies. And you learn how Alexander Scriabin, fulfilling a vision of music as spiritual revelation, employed a “mystic chord” to create a sound outside of traditional tonality.

Larger than Life Creative Spirits

Throughout the lectures, you look penetratingly into the circumstances surrounding the composition of the individual works and the historical background of their writing. In this inquiry, Professor Greenberg provides fascinating glimpses into the process of musical creation and reveals insights into some of Western art’s most remarkable personalities:

  • Chopin, whose obsessive creative process included shutting himself in for days, weeping, breaking his pens, and agonizing—sometimes for weeks—over a single page
  • Liszt, who cut the figure of a 19th-century rock star, driving awestruck fans to ecstatic adulation during his pyrotechnical performances
  • Brahms, who, declared by Schumann to be the new Beethoven, burned piles of his own works in fanatical self-criticism
  • Scriabin, whose embrace of Gnosticism and quest to reveal divine knowledge through music pushed him to the edge of sanity
  • Prokofiev, who, during the terror under Stalin, doggedly pursued his own musical vision in some works while adhering to the artistic dictates of the Soviet state in others

In The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works, you’ll delve deeply into a body of works that have enthralled, astounded, and profoundly moved generations of listeners. An educational journey you won’t find anywhere else, these twenty-four, 45-minute lectures give you the knowledge and insight to enjoy and appreciate the stunningly diverse literature of the piano.

Join a master composer and musicologist in discovering these great works of art, which make the solo piano tradition one of the superlative, enduring riches of our culture.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    Piano Starts Here!
    Begin by reflecting on the life of the concert pianist and the extraordinary rigors and demands of this unique profession within the music world. Then trace the history of the harpsichord, the piano’s predecessor, and how the piano, capable of a huge sonic range, evolved from its beginnings in 1700 into the modern concert instrument. Consider the range of composers included in this course and the criteria for the selection of the masterworks you’ll study. x
  • 2
    J. S. Bach—The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One
    As a point of entry to this vastly influential work, learn about the aesthetic of the High Baroque, with its duality of exuberant expression and intellectual control. Define the highly controlled fugue as a “polyphonic” musical form, and the free-form prelude that precedes each fugue in Bach’s scheme. Then explore the “well tempered” tuning system and Bach’s encyclopedic use of musical genres in the sublime preludes and fugues that make up this work. x
  • 3
    J. S. Bach—Goldberg Variations
    Trace the roots of this iconic masterpiece and the purported circumstances of its creation. Penetrate its complexity by digging into its “concentric” structure—the groups of variations and larger divisions in the material that form the work’s musical architecture. In particular, discover the remarkable “trinities”— successive groups of three variations, each trinity comprising character pieces, toccatas, and canons, and how they serve the larger unity and spiritual meaning of the set. Learn also about Bach’s admittedly checkered relationship with the piano. x
  • 4
    Mozart—Piano Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
    In realizing the expressive scope of his keyboard compositions, Mozart single-handedly enlarged the scale, virtuosity, and importance of the piano sonata. Track Mozart’s rise as a keyboard prodigy and his transition from the harpsichord to writing music specifically conceived for the piano. Through the great C Minor Sonata, grasp his lyric, operatic use of the piano; rich melodic variety; dynamic contrasts; and expressive extremes that look toward the piano music of the 19th and 20th centuries. x
  • 5
    Beethoven—The Appassionata Sonata
    First, learn how Beethoven’s relationship with the organ led to the orchestral power and sonority of his piano works. Also trace how the Appassionata grew from the composer’s psychological self-reinvention following his tragic hearing loss. In the sonata’s opening, see how Beethoven creates a compelling dramatic narrative through persistent dissonances and ambiguous harmonies. Witness how the chorale-like second movement theme and variations achieves a lyrical calm before the relentless darkness of the heart-stopping finale. x
  • 6
    Beethoven—Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
    Arguably the greatest of all works for solo piano, these glorious variations were written on an invitation from composer Anton Diabelli. Grasp the extraordinary ways in which Beethoven varies the theme, using allusion, humor, and parody. Follow the progression of the three groups of variations, from the first group’s cumulative unfolding to the second group’s dissociations and contrasts, leading to the final set’s movement toward the spirit of Bach and concluding in a mood of transcendent peace. x
  • 7
    Schubert—Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major
    Among relevant details of the composer’s life, learn about Schubert’s tragic struggle with ill health, Beethoven’s influence as a role model, and the importance of song in the character of Schubert’s music. In the beloved B-flat Major Sonata, delineate the three ravishing thematic melodies that compose the first movement. Savor the nostalgic melancholy and slow-changing harmonies of the three-part andante, the harmonic flight of the scherzo, and the great expressive range of the final rondo. x
  • 8
    Chopin—Préludes, Op. 28
    As context for studying the music of Chopin, delve into the aesthetics of 19th-century Romanticism, its emphasis on self-expression, and its model of the artist-hero. Also glimpse Chopin’s painstaking process of creation in the writing of the preludes. Discover the lyric intimacy, harmonic ingenuity, and expressive nuance of these exquisite miniatures, as each prelude evokes a single emotional environment. Learn how the performance technique of rubato informs and illuminates the music. x
  • 9
    Chopin—Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23
    Chopin’s music for the piano was directly impacted by the evolution of the instrument itself. First, study two innovations in piano design that produced more powerful and resonant pianos, and grasp the symbiotic relationship between Chopin the pianist and Chopin the composer. Take apart the musical architecture of the G Minor Ballade, focusing on its unusual thematic structure, to see how Chopin creates a powerful dramatic poem with an emotional narrative that builds to an apotheosis-like conclusion. x
  • 10
    Schumann—Kreisleriana
    Trace the origins of this landmark of Romanticism in Schumann’s fascination with the novels of E. T. A. Hoffman, his anguished courtship of future wife Clara Wieck, and his impulse to create art that fused music, literature, and autobiography. In the eight extraordinary movements of Kreisleriana, consider how Schumann writes a spiritual diary in sound, using expressive thematic melodies and harmonic complexity to reveal rich metaphoric meaning and his own innermost feelings and fears. x
  • 11
    Liszt—Years of Pilgrimage
    This lecture explores the phenomenal legacy of Franz Liszt as piano virtuoso, composer, and innovator in piano writing. Encounter the passionate, demonic figure of Liszt, the ultimate virtuoso-hero, packing concert halls and raising audiences to heights of ecstasy and adulation. Through his Years of Pilgrimage, learn how Liszt redefined what was physically possible in piano playing, creating dazzling musical and pianistic effects that push the limits of the pianist’s body and the resources of the instrument. x
  • 12
    Liszt—Sonata in B Minor
    Here, probe further into the extraordinary life and contribution of Liszt. Follow the events of his trailblazing virtuoso career and his near burnout that led to the introspective period in Weimar that produced the B Minor Sonata. Analyze the large-scale structure of this magisterial work and its metaphoric meaning based in the narrative of Goethe’s Faust. Hear how Liszt recasts and transforms the three powerful themes as they evoke the figures of Faust, Gretchen, and Mephistopheles. x
  • 13
    Brahms—Handel Variations, Op. 24
    Contemplate the naming of this work (Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel), as it reveals Brahms’s spiritual links to the musical past and his individualist stance as a Romantic-era composer. Learn also about defining influences in Brahms’s life that shaped his musical destiny. Follow the unfolding of the great Handel Variations in six groups of variations of rich and diverse content, building to the splendorous fugue, a musical creation of majestic power. x
  • 14
    Brahms—Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
    In this lecture’s opening, explore Brahms’s musical aesthetics, a pioneering synthesis that combined 18th-century formal procedures with a fully Romantic expressive content. Also note how his personality and extreme self-criticism affected his creative output. Uncover the riches of the six pieces of Opus 118, highlighting the compositional ingenuity of the wistfully beautiful Intermezzo in A, the radiant Romance in F, and the masterful final Intermezzo, a movement portraying “utmost grief and passion.” x
  • 15
    Mussorgsky—Pictures at an Exhibition
    In 19th-century Russia, Mussorgsky and his contemporaries rejected the influence of German composers in seeking to create a music that would be purely Russian. In the kaleidoscopic movements of Pictures at an Exhibition, each based on a visual artwork, experience the power and directness of Mussorgsky’s non-Western European musical language, from his incarnation of fantastic creatures and comic flights of fancy to the monumental tone painting of The Great Gate of Kiev. x
  • 16
    Debussy—“The Sunken Cathedral”
    Here, journey into Debussy’s early life as he broke with the musical past, developing new approaches to tonality and sonority to create stunningly original piano works. In this extraordinary prelude, study five elements of Debussy’s revolutionary style, used to evoke the mythical cathedral of Ys rising from the sea. In particular, observe how he uses “modal” melodies and harmonies, rhythmic fluidity, and tone color to create a magical, otherworldly atmosphere and a nonlinear sense of time. x
  • 17
    Debussy—Préludes, Book One
    Begin this lecture with reflections on Debussy’s personality and artistic influences, including that of French Symbolist poetry, as they influenced his musical creations. In his first book of Préludes, discover the remarkable compositional innovations that allowed him to craft these superlative short pieces. Focus on the storytelling content, ethereal textures, nuance, and harmonic originality of preludes including “Dancers of Delphi,” “The Wind in the Plain,” “Footprints in the Snow,” and the raucous “Minstrels.” x
  • 18
    Albéniz—Iberia
    Albéniz’s magnum opus for the piano celebrates the culture of the Andaluc'a region of Spain. Identify the characteristic elements of Andalusian folk music, such as the Phrygian mode, Flamenco rhythms, and traditional dance forms, and how Albéniz incorporated them into the lush sonic palette of this work. In compelling excerpts from the 12 pieces of Iberia, hear how the score pulsates with the sounds of voices, bells, guitars, castanets, and Flamenco dancers. x
  • 19
    Ravel—Valses nobles et sentimentales
    Explore the evolution of the waltz as a popular dance and musical form, and how the Viennese waltz, paradoxically, became a metaphor for both civility and tragedy. Learn about Ravel’s creative process and character and the likely personal meaning behind this suite. Experience the rich harmonic textures and huge expressive range of these eight pieces, from passionate exuberance to dreamlike wistfulness, as Ravel evokes the waltz as a memory of a vanished world. x
  • 20
    Scriabin—Piano Sonata No. 5
    Beginning as a post-Romantic composer, Alexander Scriabin made a dramatic transition, embracing theosophy and a vision of music as mystical revelation. In this daring, modernist piece, see how Scriabin shapes a musical narrative in which tonal and nontonal music coexist. From the sonata’s dissonant opening, follow the interweaving of the first, tonal theme with a lyric, contrasting theme based in a “mystic chord,” creating a melodic and harmonic sound outside of traditional tonality. x
  • 21
    Rachmaninoff—Études-tableaux
    Rachmaninoff’s Études-tableaux combine programmatic (storytelling) content with great pianistic challenges for the performer. As background, explore Rachmaninoff’s dual life as a composer and a peerless piano virtuoso, and the linking of his musical destiny with the American-made Steinway piano. In the Études, see how Rachmaninoff uses ingenious virtuoso effects, layered rhythms, and sophisticated harmonies to evoke a boisterous fair, a seascape, a funeral ceremony, and a heroic march. x
  • 22
    Prokofiev—Piano Sonata No. 7
    In a story of tragic poignancy, learn about Prokofiev’s early international success and his extraordinary political naïveté as he returned to live in the Soviet Union during the terror under Stalin. In the Sonata no. 7, follow the unfolding of the first movement’s two themes, alternating brutal force with quiet rumination. Grasp the expressive content of the second movement, based on Schumann’s song “Sadness,” and of the explosive finale of this work that demonstrates brilliantly Prokofiev’s trademark, machine-like rhythmic drive. x
  • 23
    Copland—Piano Variations
    American concert music emerged in the early 20th century as a synthesis of musical types and influences. Trace its dynamic mix of elements, encompassing West African rhythm and melodic structures, blues, ragtime, jazz, popular song, and European modernism. In this homegrown masterwork, study how Copland used “microtonal” melodies, jazz and ragtime rhythms, and a relentless, machine-age energy to create a dramatically compelling set of variations—a work that is “American” to its core. x
  • 24
    The A-List
    The course concludes with a lighthearted look at another side of the piano literature: works written by the great composers for amateur pianists. Survey nine iconic piano pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rubinstein, Dvorak, and Debussy; the stories behind their writing; and the often amusing ways in which these works have taken root in our culture. Contemplate the scope of the piano repertoire, a literature that is, as Professor Greenberg says, “the envy of every other instrument.” x

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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,...
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The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historically instructive Greenberg’s delivery is absolutely flawless. His sophisticated sense of humor is sometimes subtle, sometimes anything but. The performers are phenomenal, the repertoire varied, and the historical perspectives are invaluable. I would recommend this class to anyone, musically inclined or otherwise.
Date published: 2018-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Courses Offered As have many others, I have enjoyed a number of Professor Greenberg's courses. This one has been my favorite, because of all the "extras", especially in the video version. Greenberg, besides being his usual comic self, speaking with great enthusiasm (which is often supplemented by on-screen words and graphics), also plays the piano (classical and jazz), sings a bit and even plays African drums! But the real bonus is the 3 excellent pianists who play excerpts from the various piano works. All three are highly competent, with professional presentation, and the lighting, sound and camera work are top notch. I didn't agree 100% with Greenberg's opinions, but I respect his viewpoints, and he makes valid and cogent arguments for his theses as to the meanings and motivations of the various pieces. Also, although I have many years of experience in various genres of music, this course did introduce me to several works I didn't know very well. Some reviewers complain that we didn't hear the full works, just excerpts. But one can find almost all of these works in full video performances either on DVD and blu-ray, on Youtube, or on streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Medici.tv. I found a spectacular performance of Liszt's B Minor Sonata by Evgeny Kissin, and I've watched it several times - it's just phenomenal. So the course, while teaching me a lot, also spurred me to seek out the full pieces, and I'm glad I did.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solo piano works It looks very good at first glance. I really haven’t had a chance to get into it very far, Too busy. I’m sure it will be excellent like all your other music courses. And of course Robert Greenberg is like a walking human encyclopedia of musical knowledge. That in itself says everything. I’m sure no one could go wrong with anything he does.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another brilliant course in Greenerg's mononpoly I have by now heard almost all of Professor Greenberg’s courses on concert music. This course too, is beautifully crafted and delivered and contained for me a wealth of information that was totally new. Solo piano music is one of my favorite genres to which I have listened extensively over the years, along with chamber music. So this particular, relatively narrow, subject of interest is of special interest to me. I do not have a substantial formal training in music and I ended up listening to what caught my ear without knowing if these pieces are considered major or not. It turned out that many of my favorite solo piano pieces are also what Prof. Greenberg considers to be of the 23 greatest solo piano pieces, without me even realizing they were important cornerstones in the repertoire. These included, for example, Chopin’s Preludes, and Brahms’ six piano pieces Opus 118. As in many of his other courses, however, I was introduced to other major works of which I did not have a clue, such as for example the works by Scriabin and Copland. I will surely make a concentrated effort to hear them in the future. These recommendations are almost worth the time and effort of listening to the courese in and of themselves. Professor Greenberg, as always, is absolutely first rate: funny, knowledgeable and highly evocative. He analyzes the general history, the biographical situations of the different composers, and the general trends in music history to create a wonderful, integrative context for understanding the music. Then he analyses the music itself through brilliantly constructed technical explanations, which are at the same time accessible even to those of limited background, and yet still profound and satisfying. Not a trivial task at all, and beautifully pulled off… I must join other reviewers, though, regarding choice of lecturers. Even considering all the superlatives that Professor Greenberg surely deserves – his monopoly on presentation of concert music courses makes the delivery (although absolutely first rate and wonderful) - limited. There is significant repetition between the courses. For example, the lectures regarding Brahms’ solo piano music also discuss much of his biography, and this inevitably overlaps with his own course dedicated solely to Brahms’ biography. I think that had someone else presented the course on Brahms’ biography, at least the emphasis and the way of presentation would probably have been different, and possibly the very choice of content. As it is, some parts are almost repeated word for word. Another prime example is the evolution of the piano – from Harpsichord to the modern Steinway concert pianos of today. Again, this is an absolutely brilliant and fascinating narrative and presentation, but gets to be tiring after the first two or three times you hear it. TGC does not have such a presentation monopoly in any other subject, and I firmly join those who would like to hear other Professors on this topic. Still, judging by its own merits - another brilliant and wonderful course by Professor Greenberg.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Musical Illumination I have not yet finished listening to the lectures in this course because I pulled out all of the stops and ordered my own copies of each of the piano works it covers (except for those I already owned) and some of them have been slow to arrive. But for the works I have listened to, I have found Dr. Greenberg's lectures not only entertaining, but illuminating. In each one, he gives a brief synopsis of the composer's life, the circumstances of the composition of the work in question, and the reactions of the critics. For these topics, Dr. Greenberg has thoroughly researched the published sources, and he always arbitrates when they disagree and justifies his own opinion. Then he analyzes the work itself, illustrating his points with brief excerpts. The effect of this on my understanding of the work is understated when I use the term "illuminating." The difference between how I heard the work before I listened to the lecture and how I hear it afterwards is amazing. The music then engages both my mind and my feelings to a far greater extent. Let me add that Dr. Greenberg's courses are intended for non-musicians like myself. Musicians would need a different kind of course.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful, funny! I've never been disappointed with this gentleman's lectures and his humor and his expertise.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fine Informative but hard to listen to the speaker. Forced narration. Not talking TO people but talking AT the listener. .
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Audio & Video The material is, of course, more important than the quality of the video. Nevertheless, The Great Courses (AKA The Teaching Company) have made great improvements in the video quality of their productions. As always, the material is excellent and, now, so is the video.
Date published: 2017-07-03
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