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) How to Listen to and Understand Opera; Life and Operas of Verdi; & Operas of Mozart  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $699.85 Starting at $699.85 $1,414.85 $699.85$1,414.85
    Discover the beauty of great opera with this three-course set taught by veteran Teaching Company Professor Robert Greenberg. Start with How to Listen to and Understand Opera, which demonstrates how and why this musical genre has managed to endure for more than 400 years. Then, focus on masterpieces by two great operatic composers with The Life and Operas of Verdi and The Operas of Mozart.
  2. (Set)  Your Personal Guide to Understanding the Arts Set

    (Set) Your Personal Guide to Understanding the Arts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,444.65 Starting at $2,444.65 $2,879.65 $2,444.65$2,879.65
    Whether you live, eat, and breathe the arts, or just go to concerts or museums on occasion, this seven-set series is for you. From Music to Opera, to the finest paintings and artists in the world, this collection covers everything you need to know to become a connoisseur of culture. At the completion, you will have a refined appreciation for all of the important pieces that have changed our world.
  3. (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...
  4. (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
  5. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Opera & Operas of Mozart  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $797.00 Starting at $61.90 $894.90 $61.90$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...
  6. (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...
  7. (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
  8. (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
  9. Great Masters: Haydn, Mozart, Set

    Great Masters: Haydn, Mozart,

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $539.70 Starting at $539.70 $1,199.70 $539.70$1,199.70
  10. (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven/Bach and the High Baroque  Set on sale

    (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven/Bach and the High Baroque

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $861.00 Starting at $178.90 $1,039.90 $178.90$1,039.90
    Award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg introduces you to critical periods in the lives of two brilliant classical composers in this course set. Bach and the High Baroque helps you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music and understand his compositional language—whether you're a devoted admirer or a casual listener. Next, turn to an equally fascinating consideration of Ludwig van Beethoven...
  11. (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 Everyday Guide to Wine 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 can find...
  12. (Set) The Symphony & Symphonies of Beethoven Set

    (Set) The Symphony & Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  13. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works  Set

    (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,039.90 Starting at $1,039.90 $1,219.90 $1,039.90$1,219.90
    In How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, you will understand an entire language of unmatched beauty, genius, and power. Then, in The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works, Professor Robert Greenberg guides you through 30 works that can be considered among the greatest orchestral works in history.
  14. (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & Symphonies of Beethoven  Set

    (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & Symphonies of Beethoven

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $774.90 $774.90$774.90
    Raise a glass to Beethoven, one of the greatest composers of all time. Symphonies of Beethoven will take you inside “the Nine” to explore the brilliance and influence of his most important achievements. Enhance your musical experience with the perfect glass of wine: The Everyday Guide to Wine strengthens your understanding of and improves your ability to try, buy, talk about, and, most of all, enjoy wine.
  15. (Set) William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $919.90 Starting at $919.90 $1,074.90 $919.90$1,074.90
    In this illuminating course set, explore how Western literature's greatest writer and classical music's most revered composers created captivating, timeless works. Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies introduces you to some of the Bard's hallmark plays and explains the achievement that makes him such an iconic author. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition takes you inside musical...
  16. (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas  Set

    (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  17. (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...
  18. (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
  19. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $814.90 Starting at $814.90 $954.90 $814.90$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.
  20. (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Symphonies of Beethoven  Set

    (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Grasp the sublime beauty and immortal power of Beethoven's musical genius with this two-course set on the maestro taught by award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg. 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. Then continue with The Symphonies of Beethoven, an equally...