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. (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...
  2. (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
  3. (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
  4. (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas  Set

    (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Join popular Great Courses Professor Robert Greenberg as he offers his characteristic insights into two of Western concert music's greatest composers. In The Music of Richard Wagner, investigate the life and art of one of the greatest—and most controversial—characters in the pantheon of music history. And in Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, learn how to see these 32 unforgettable pieces as windows into the...
  5. (Set) Great Masters: Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Liszt, Schumanns & Shostakovich  Set

    (Set) Great Masters: Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Liszt, Schumanns & Shostakovich

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $539.70 Starting at $539.70 $1,199.70 $539.70$1,199.70
    Expand your knowledge of the sheer genius of Western classical music with Professor Robert Greenberg's incisive, fascinating musical biographies of some of the world's best-loved and most widely studied composers. This comprehensive set of Great Masters courses takes you into the lives and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Robert and Clara Schumann, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
  6. (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Bach and the High Baroque  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Bach and the High Baroque

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Uncover hidden layers of meaning and wonder in great concert music with this two-course set delivered by award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg. Understanding the Fundamentals of Music gives you a solid introduction to the importance of musical parts such as key signatures, pitch, mode, and melody. Bach and the High Baroque allows you to apply your newfound skills to better understand the work of...
  7. (Set) Great Masters: Beethoven and Mahler: Their Lives and Music  Set

    (Set) Great Masters: Beethoven and Mahler: Their Lives and Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $399.90 $179.90$399.90
  8. (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

    (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  9. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music & How to Listen to and Understand Opera  Set

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music & How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,039.90 Starting at $1,039.90 $1,219.90 $1,039.90$1,219.90
    Composer and award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg takes you inside magnificent compositions by some of history's greatest composers. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition gives you an outstanding grasp of musical forms, techniques, and terms. Then, apply your strengthened knowledge of music to an in-depth look at masterpieces of opera in How to Listen to and Understand Opera.
  10. (Set) Bach and the High Baroque & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Bach and the High Baroque & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,219.90 Starting at $1,219.90 $1,219.90 $1,219.90$1,219.90
  11. (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

    (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  12. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Building Great Sentences; Joy of Mathematics; Understanding the Fundamentals of Music; and The Art of Critical Decision Making in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you...
  13. (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

    (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
  14. (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $721.00 Starting at $111.90 $894.90 $111.90$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...
  15. (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music  Set

    (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.90 Starting at $814.90 $954.90 $814.90$954.90
    Wine and music may be among the finest things in life. With this two-part set including How to Listen and Understand Great Music, and The Everyday Guide to Wine, you’ll learn everything you need to know to be the ultimate connoisseur of both. Discover an entire language buried in the nuances of magnificent compositions, and master the complex subtleties of wine tasting, pairing, and making.
  16. (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & How to Listen to and Understand Opera  Set

    (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  17. Great Masters: Robert and Clar Set

    Great Masters: Robert and Clar

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $399.90 $179.90$399.90
    Investigate the intriguing compositions and lives of classical music's "first couple" and its 20th-century rebel. Start with Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann—Their Lives and Music, which reveals how their two-career marriage—he as a pioneering critic and composer, she as one of the leading concert pianists of Europe—was highly exceptional for its time. Then, in Great Masters:...
  18. (Set) Symphony, Concerto & Fundamentals of Music  Set

    (Set) Symphony, Concerto & Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $529.85 Starting at $529.85 $1,004.85 $529.85$1,004.85
    Award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg takes you deep inside magnificent works by some of history's greatest composers. In The Symphony, investigate the 300-year history of one of the greatest genres of instrumental music. In The Concerto, explore the history of concerti, with pointed looks at works by more than 60 masterful composers. Finally, look at the importance of musical parts such as key...
  19. (Set)  How to Listen to Great Music & Great Masters: Mozart Set

    (Set) How to Listen to Great Music & Great Masters: Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $899.90 Starting at $899.90 $899.90 $899.90$899.90
  20. (Set) Chamber Music of Mozart  & Operas of Mozart   Set

    (Set) Chamber Music of Mozart & Operas of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90