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.

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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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124 Courses and Sets

  1. Great Masters: Shostakovich-His Life and Music Sale

    Great Masters: Shostakovich-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (66)
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    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...
  2. The Music of Richard Wagner Sale

    The Music of Richard Wagner

    Robert Greenberg
    4 out of 5
    79% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (54)
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    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...
  3. Great Music of the Twentieth Century Sale

    Great Music of the Twentieth Century

    Robert Greenberg
    4 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (53)
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    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.
  4. Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Sale

    Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Robert Greenberg
    4.7 out of 5
    70% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (61)
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    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.
  5. Operas of Mozart Sale

    Operas of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    4.5 out of 5
    70% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (48)
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    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...
  6. Concert Masterworks Sale

    Concert Masterworks

    Robert Greenberg
    4.5 out of 5
    63% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (36)
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    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,...
  7. Symphonies of Beethoven Sale

    Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    4.9 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (71)
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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.
  8. Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann-Their Lives and Music Sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (36)
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    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...
  9. (Set) Concert Masterworks & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music  Set on sale

    (Set) Concert Masterworks & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

    Robert Greenberg
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    Experience the power and beauty of great classical music with award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg. Concert Masterworks is a superb examination of eight of the most brilliant pieces ever composed, while How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition gives you all the technical background you need to make your next listening experience all the more insightful.
  10. (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & Symphonies of Beethoven  Set on sale

    (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $861.00 Starting at $178.90 $1,039.90 $178.90$1,039.90
    Savor some of the greatest works in the history of concert music with this two-course set that's rich in musical excerpts. In The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works, open your ears to the profound joy and meaning of landmark orchestrations by Haydn, Stravinsky, and others. And, in The Symphonies of Beethoven, focus on how the maestro crafted nine unforgettable symphonies that forever changed how we think about—and...
  11. (Set) Best of Robert Greenberg  Set on sale

    (Set) Best of Robert Greenberg

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $2,248.80 Starting at $495.90 $2,744.70 $495.90$2,744.70
    Open your ears to the hidden beauty and importance of great concert music with these courses by Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg. First, he teaches you how to make sense of some of the greatest works in music history with How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition. Then, he lays bare the mysteries of tone, melody, harmony, and other musical concepts in Understanding the Fundamentals of...
  12. (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set on sale

    (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
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    Revel in the beauty and richness of great concert music in the company of acclaimed composer and popular Great Courses Professor Robert Greenberg. In The Symphonies of Beethoven, bear witness to nine works that reflect the maestro's artistic brilliance as well as the continuing influence of his achievements. And in Understanding the Fundamentals of Music, get a solid introduction to the importance of musical...
  13. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Opera & The Life and Operas of Verdi  Set on sale

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Opera & The Life and Operas of Verdi

    Robert Greenberg
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    Finally understand, appreciate—and even love—opera with this two-course set that is a sheer pleasure to listen to. In How to Listen to and Understand Opera, Professor Robert Greenberg fuses knowledge, clarity, humor, and musical samples to reveal how opera is a unique marriage of words and music in which the whole is far greater than its parts. In The Life and Operas of Verdi, apply your newfound...
  14. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition & Concerto  Set on sale

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition & Concerto

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $852.00 Starting at $222.90 $1,074.90 $222.90$1,074.90
    Learn new ways to listen to magnificent compositions by some of history's greatest composers. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition is your comprehensive guide to musical forms, techniques, and terms. The Concerto takes you through the history of concerti, with pointed looks at works by more than 60 masterful composers.
  15. (Set) Great Masters:  8 Great Masters Set on sale

    (Set) Great Masters: 8 Great Masters

    Robert Greenberg
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  16. (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & The Symphony  Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & The Symphony

    Robert Greenberg
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    Permanently enrich the way you listen to great classical music with this two-course set taught by award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg. Start with an unforgettable journey through the often mysterious resources that composers drawn upon to create their masterpieces in Understanding the Fundamentals of Music. Then, explore the unmatched beauty, genius, and power of one of the longest-lived and...
  17. (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music Set on sale

    (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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  18. (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & World's Greatest Pai Set on sale

    (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & World's Greatest Pai

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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  19. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition; The Symphony & The Concerto  Set on sale

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition; The Symphony & The Concerto

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $1,163.95 Starting at $285.90 $1,449.85 $285.90$1,449.85
    Permanently enrich your life by learning how to understand the unmatched beauty, genius, and power of music. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition gives you an outstanding grasp of musical forms, techniques, and terms. The Concerto tours the history of this musical form and samples nearly 100 concerti from masterful composers including Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky. The Symphony takes you...
  20. (Set) Great American Music: Broadway Musicals & The Symphonies of Beethoven  Set on sale

    (Set) Great American Music: Broadway Musicals & The Symphonies of Beethoven

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $650.00 Starting at $61.90 $774.90 $61.90$774.90
    Immerse yourself in the wonders of two key genres of Western classical music. Discover how entertaining musicals such as Babes in Arms and Oklahoma! capture the essence of our nation's spirit in Great American Music: Broadway Musicals. Then, discover why Beethoven's nine unforgettable symphonies represent the pinnacle of the genre in Symphonies of Beethoven.