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) 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
  2. (Set) Cultural Literacy Guide to the Arts  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy Guide to the Arts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,404.30 Starting at $3,404.30 $3,404.30 $3,404.30$3,404.30
    Two of the most satisfying products of human culture: great music and great art. The courses featured in this section offer you a vivid and engaging opportunity to achieve cultural literacy in the richest works of concert music and art the world has ever seen. Led by popular Great Courses professors who are also award-winning composers and trained art historians, these particular courses introduce you to the...
  3. 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),...
  4. (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...
  5. (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

    (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Delve into the fundamentals of music theory and understand how they apply to some of the most sublime piano works in this course set by Great Courses favorite Robert Greenberg. In The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works, you’ll experience timeless works across 200 years of music history, understand the artistic and social environments in which they were composed, and delve into the extraordinary history of the...
  6. (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
  7. (Set)  How to Listen to Great Music & History of European Art Set

    (Set) How to Listen to Great Music & History of European Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,039.90 Starting at $1,039.90 $1,219.90 $1,039.90$1,219.90
  8. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,149.85 Starting at $2,149.85 $2,149.85 $2,149.85$2,149.85
    Explore the greatness of Western culture with this epic three-course set that surveys the best that our civilization's intellectual, literary, and musical traditions have to offer. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Great Authors of the Western Literary...
  9. (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...
  10. (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

    (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Revel in the beauty and richness of great concert music in the company of acclaimed composer and popular Great Courses Professor Robert Greenberg. In The Symphonies of Beethoven, bear witness to nine works that reflect the maestro's artistic brilliance as well as the continuing influence of his achievements. And in Understanding the Fundamentals of Music, get a solid introduction to the importance of musical...
  11. 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
  12. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Opera & The Life and Operas of Verdi  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $933.00 Starting at $70.90 $1,039.90 $70.90$1,039.90
    Finally understand, appreciate—and even love—opera with this two-course set that is a sheer pleasure to listen to. In How to Listen to and Understand Opera, Professor Robert Greenberg fuses knowledge, clarity, humor, and musical samples to reveal how opera is a unique marriage of words and music in which the whole is far greater than its parts. In The Life and Operas of Verdi, apply your newfound...
  13. (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...
  14. (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...
  15. (Set) How to Listen to and Understand Opera & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Join award-winning composer and Professor Robert Greenberg on a spirited, two-course journey through the power and beauty of great classical music. First, take an in-depth look at one of classical music's greatest genres in How to Listen to and Understand Opera. But it doesn't end there. Understanding the Fundamentals of Music is a solid introduction to the importance of musical parts such as key signatures, pitch,...
  16. (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.
  17. (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Symphonies of Beethoven  Set on sale

    (Set) String Quartets of Beethoven & Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $797.00 Starting at $61.90 $894.90 $61.90$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...
  18. (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
  19. (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas  Set

    (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  20. 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:...