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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  1. (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...
  2. 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.
  3. (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.
  4. (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Chamber Music of Mozart  Set

    (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Chamber Music of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Let composer and Professor Robert Greenberg show you new ways to listen to and understand masterpieces by two of Western music's greatest composers. Start with The String Quartets of Beethoven, in which Professor Greenberg guides you through the power and beauty of the maestro's 16 quartets for two violins, viola, and cello. Continue with The Chamber Music of Mozart, an opportunity to study and enjoy a variety of...
  5. (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven; The Concerto; Bach and the High Baroque; & The Symphony  Set

    (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven; The Concerto; Bach and the High Baroque; & The Symphony

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $899.80 Starting at $899.80 $1,789.80 $899.80$1,789.80
    Award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg introduces you to two brilliant classical composers and two enduring musical genres in this four-course set. Bach and the High Baroque explains how this renowned individual became the transcendent composer of the High Baroque. The Concerto and The Symphony are guided tours of two profound musical genres. And The Symphonies of Beethoven is a pointed examination of...
  6. (Set) Great Masters/How to Listen to and Understand Opera  Set

    (Set) Great Masters/How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $609.75 Starting at $609.75 $609.75 $609.75$609.75
  7. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Opera & Operas of Mozart  Set

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Opera & Operas of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Embrace the breathtaking beauty and power of great opera with this two-course set taught by award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg. With the knowledge gained in How to Listen to and Understand Opera, you will finally realize how opera is a unique marriage of words and music in which the whole is far greater than its parts. Operas of Mozart brings Mozart's works refreshingly down to earth and helps you...
  8. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition; The Symphony & The Concerto  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,449.85 Starting at $1,449.85 $1,449.85 $1,449.85$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...
  9. (Set) Great American Music: Broadway Musicals & The Symphonies of Beethoven  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$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.
  10. (Set) Great Masters: All 10 Great Masters  Set

    (Set) Great Masters: All 10 Great Masters

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $899.50 Starting at $899.50 $1,999.50 $899.50$1,999.50
    Our 10-course Great Masters series is a collection of incisive and fascinating musical biographies of the world's best-loved and most widely studied composers: Beethoven, Liszt, Haydn, Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Robert and Clara Schumann. Taught by acclaimed Professor Robert Greenberg, each course is a marvel of brilliant scholarship and filled with keen insights into the men...
  11. (Set) The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works & World's Greatest Pai Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  12. (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
  13. (Set) The Concerto & The Symphony  Set on sale

    (Set) The Concerto & The Symphony

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $625.00 Starting at $61.90 $749.90 $61.90$749.90
    Discover the wonder and power of two exciting musical forms in these courses taught by composer and award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg. In The Concerto, tour the history of the concerto from its conception as a child of the Renaissance to the 20th century. In The Symphony, journey through the 300-year evolution of this multimovement composition and listen to selections from great symphonies by Haydn,...
  14. (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
  15. Great Masters: Brahms and Lisz Set

    Great Masters: Brahms and Lisz

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $399.90 $179.90$399.90
    Join award-winning Professor Robert Greenberg on an engaging two-course look at the lives and works of two great classical composers. In Great Masters: Brahms—His Life and Music, explore this genius's unique ability to create pieces of surpassing romantic expressiveness and harmonic sophistication. Then, in Great Masters: Liszt—His Life and Music, discover a wealth of insight in one of the most written...
  16. (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...
  17. (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $919.90 Starting at $919.90 $1,074.90 $919.90$1,074.90
    Join Professor Robert Greenberg on a spirited journey through the world of concert music—and one of its most iconic composers—in this two-course set. In The Music of Richard Wagner, embark on an in-depth investigation of the life and art of one of the greatest and most controversial characters in Western music. And in How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition, learn how to tap into the...
  18. (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Grasp the unmatched power, genius, and beauty of classical music and mathematics. Delve into the many structural and instrumental resources that composers draw on to create their masterpieces in Understanding the Fundamentals of Music. Gain invaluable insights into the practical applications of mathematics and reasoning in Joy of Mathematics, and discover the amazing utility of this exciting field.
  19. (Set)  23 Greatest Solo Works for Piano & Great Masters: Liszt Set

    (Set) 23 Greatest Solo Works for Piano & Great Masters: Liszt

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $574.90 $289.90$574.90
  20. Great Masters: Schumann, Shost Set

    Great Masters: Schumann, Shost

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $539.70 Starting at $539.70 $539.70 $539.70$539.70