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. (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.
  2. (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...
  3. (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & The Symphony  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & The Symphony

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    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...
  4. (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
  5. (Set) How to Look at and Understand Great Art & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $919.90 Starting at $919.90 $1,074.90 $919.90$1,074.90
  6. (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.
  7. (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
  8. (Set) Great American Music: Broadway Musicals & How to Listen to and Understand Opera  Set

    (Set) Great American Music: Broadway Musicals & How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  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) Operas of Mozart &  How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$1,074.90
    Just who was Mozart? And what made him such an innovative musical genius? In The Operas of Mozart, study this great composer's career, development, and amazing operatic masterworks. Then, place Mozart within the larger context of classical music in the 48 illuminating lectures of How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition.
  11. (Set) Chamber Music of Mozart  & Operas of Mozart   Set on sale

    (Set) Chamber Music of Mozart & Operas of Mozart

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $554.00 Starting at $44.90 $629.90 $44.90$629.90
  12. (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Life and Operas of Verdi  Set

    (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Life and Operas of Verdi

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Join award-winning composer, music historian, and professor Robert Greenberg on this spirited look at the life and music of two genius composers. First, encounter one of Western music's most controversial figures and his stirring pieces in The Music of Richard Wagner. Then, meet the man behind powerful operatic works such as Rigoletto and Otello in The Life and Operas of Verdi.
  13. (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.
  14. (Set) Great Masters: Schumanns and Shostakovich/Brahms and Liszt Set

    (Set) Great Masters: Schumanns and Shostakovich/Brahms and Liszt

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $359.80 Starting at $359.80 $359.80 $359.80$359.80
  15. (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
  16. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition & Concerto  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$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.
  17. (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.
  18. (Set) Great Masters:  8 Great Masters Set

    (Set) Great Masters: 8 Great Masters

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $719.60 Starting at $719.60 $1,599.60 $719.60$1,599.60
  19. (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...
  20. The Concerto; The Symphony; Ho Set

    The Concerto; The Symphony; Ho

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $2,599.70 Starting at $2,599.70 $2,599.70 $2,599.70$2,599.70
    Permanently enrich your life by learning how to listen to and understand the unmatched beauty, genius, and power of Western classical music. Get a solid grasp of musical forms, techniques, language, and structure with How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition and Understanding the Fundamentals of Music. Then, discover the wonder and power of several exciting musical forms: the symphony (The Symphony),...