Professor Robert Greenberg, Ph.D.

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.

Testimonials

" 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."

 

 

119 Courses and Sets

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119 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Sale

    Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.6 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (234)
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $29.95 $69.95 $29.95$69.95
    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 Sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (304)
    Save up to $520.00 Starting at $79.95 $179.95 $79.95$179.95
    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. Music as a Mirror of History

    Music as a Mirror of History

    Robert Greenberg
    4.6 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (113)
    Starting at $219.95 Starting at $219.95 $384.95 $219.95$384.95
    Uncover the fascinating and surprising connections between famous music and historical events, led by celebrated composer and music historian Professor Robert Greenberg. In Music as a Mirror of History, music lovers and history enthusiasts alike will be enthralled by this exploration of how momentous compositions have responded to—and inspired—pivotal points in the history of the world.
  4. The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (66)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    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...
  5. The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    Robert Greenberg
    4.6 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (44)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    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...
  6. Great Music of the Twentieth Century Sale

    Great Music of the Twentieth Century

    Robert Greenberg
    4 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (36)
    Save up to $270.00 Starting at $49.95 $114.95 $49.95$114.95
    The 20th century was a breeding ground of musical innovation and transformation unlike any other era in history. Within this course, you’ll discover the genius of composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartók, Ligeti, Adès, and many others. In Great Music of the 20th Century, you’ll experience the superlative musical art that so vividly and unforgettably speaks to the life of our times.
  7. How to Listen to and Understand Opera Sale

    How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    Robert Greenberg
    4.5 out of 5
    79% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (64)
    Save up to $430.00 Starting at $44.95 $89.95 $44.95$89.95
    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...
  8. Bach and the High Baroque

    Bach and the High Baroque

    Robert Greenberg
    4.9 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (81)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    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.
  9. The Symphony

    The Symphony

    Robert Greenberg
    4.9 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (39)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    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...
  10. Chamber Music of Mozart

    Chamber Music of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    74% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (50)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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.
  11. Great Masters: Mozart-His Life and Music Sale

    Great Masters: Mozart-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.6 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (81)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $14.95 $29.95 $14.95$29.95
    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...
  12. Great Masters: Beethoven-His Life and Music Sale

    Great Masters: Beethoven-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.3 out of 5
    70% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (64)
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    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,...
  13. Symphonies of Beethoven Sale

    Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    4.9 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (66)
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    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.
  14. Concert Masterworks Sale

    Concert Masterworks

    Robert Greenberg
    4.6 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (32)
    Save up to $450.00 Starting at $39.95 $69.95 $39.95$69.95
    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,...
  15. Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Sale

    Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Robert Greenberg
    4.7 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (53)
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    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.