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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126 Courses and Sets

  1. Great Masters: Mahler-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Mahler-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.7 out of 5
    66% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (39)
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    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...
  2. Great Masters: Brahms-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Brahms-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (55)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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...
  3. Great Masters: Haydn-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Haydn-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    74% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (58)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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 technical...
  4. Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann-Their Lives and Music

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

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (38)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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...
  5. Great Masters: Liszt-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Liszt-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.7 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (49)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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...
  6. Great Masters: Tchaikovsky—His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Tchaikovsky—His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (55)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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...
  7. Great Masters: Shostakovich-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Shostakovich-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.8 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (67)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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...
  8. Great Masters: Stravinsky-His Life and Music

    Great Masters: Stravinsky-His Life and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    4.7 out of 5
    65% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (38)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    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...
  9. (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & Symphonies of Beethoven  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,039.90 Starting at $1,039.90 $1,039.90 $1,039.90$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...
  10. (Set) Great Masters: Mozart/Beethoven  Set

    (Set) Great Masters: Mozart/Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $179.90 $179.90$179.90
  11. (Set) Best of Robert Greenberg  Set

    (Set) Best of Robert Greenberg

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $2,744.70 Starting at $2,744.70 $2,744.70 $2,744.70$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) Concert Masterworks & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,219.90 Starting at $1,219.90 $1,219.90 $1,219.90$1,219.90
    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.
  13. (Set)  Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Chamber Music Set

    (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Chamber Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  14. (Set)  23 Greatest Solo Works for the Piano & The Symphony Set

    (Set) 23 Greatest Solo Works for the Piano & The Symphony

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  15. (Set) 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & Great Masters: Mozart Set

    (Set) 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & Great Masters: Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $719.90 Starting at $719.90 $719.90 $719.90$719.90
  16. (Set)  Elements of Jazz & Understanding the Fundamentals of Mu Set

    (Set) Elements of Jazz & Understanding the Fundamentals of Mu

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $219.90 $219.90$219.90
  17. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition & Symphonies of Beethoven  Set

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition & Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,219.90 Starting at $1,219.90 $1,219.90 $1,219.90$1,219.90
    Expose yourself to the power and beauty of great concert music with this two-course set delivered by award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg. In How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition, he gives you an outstanding grasp of musical forms, techniques, and terms—all of which will help make you fluent in the language of music. Then, he teaches you how to use your newfound skills to...
  18. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set on sale

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $732.00 Starting at $160.90 $954.90 $160.90$954.90
    Let composer and award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg show you how to grasp the full power of a piece of music. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition, provides you with an outstanding grasp of musical forms, techniques, and terms. Understanding the Fundamentals of Music introduces you to the importance of musical parts such as key signatures, pitch, mode, melody, and meter.
  19. (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works  Set

    (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Engage in some of the greatest musical works in Western culture with this informative and enjoyable course set by Professor Robert Greenberg. In The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works, you’ll see that the piano holds an unrivaled popularity in Western music and understand why that is so. You’ll experience timeless works across 200 years of music history, understand the artistic and social environments in...
  20. Great Masters: Haydn, Mozart, Set

    Great Masters: Haydn, Mozart,

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $359.80 Starting at $359.80 $799.80 $359.80$799.80
    Join composer and San Francisco Conservatory of Music professor Robert Greenberg as he brings his characteristic wit and insight to bear on musical biographies of Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. This all-new series features eight 45-minute lectures on each composer, with several brief musical excerpts included in each lecture.