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 & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $632.00 Starting at $66.90 $774.90 $66.90$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,...
  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 on sale

    The Concerto; The Symphony; Ho

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $2,108.80 Starting at $490.90 $2,599.70 $490.90$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) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $492.00 Starting at $57.90 $629.90 $57.90$629.90
    Understand the greatest compositions in the piano repertoire as well as how music achieves the effects it does in this complementary course set by popular Great Courses professor Robert Greenberg. In The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works, you’ll learn why the piano has inspired many of the greatest masterworks in the concert repertoire and understand their enduring appeal. And in Understanding the Fundamentals...
  5. (Set) Operas of Mozart &  How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $865.00 Starting at $209.90 $1,074.90 $209.90$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.
  6. (Set) Great American Music: Broadway Musicals & How to Listen to and Understand Opera  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $650.00 Starting at $61.90 $774.90 $61.90$774.90
  7. (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,...
  8. Great Masters: Brahms and Lisz Set on sale

    Great Masters: Brahms and Lisz

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $346.00 Starting at $26.90 $399.90 $26.90$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...
  9. (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas  Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $505.00 Starting at $57.90 $629.90 $57.90$629.90
  10. Great Masters: Haydn, Mozart, Set on sale

    Great Masters: Haydn, Mozart,

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $692.90 Starting at $52.90 $799.80 $52.90$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.
  11. Beethoven's Piano Sonatas/The Set on sale

    Beethoven's Piano Sonatas/The

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $625.00 Starting at $61.90 $749.90 $61.90$749.90
  12. (Set) The Symphony & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music  Set on sale

    (Set) The Symphony & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $852.00 Starting at $160.90 $1,074.90 $160.90$1,074.90
    Become a more experienced music listener with the aid of veteran Teaching Company Professor Robert Greenberg. In The Symphony, investigate the 300-year history of one of the greatest genres of instrumental music. Then, strengthen your understanding of musical forms, techniques, and terms in How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition.
  13. (Set) Symphonies of Beethoven & Beethoven's Piano Sonatas  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $752.00 Starting at $70.90 $894.90 $70.90$894.90
  14. (Set)  How to Listen to Great Music & History of European Art Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $961.00 Starting at $178.90 $1,219.90 $178.90$1,219.90
  15. (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 on sale

    (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
    Save up to $1,693.95 Starting at $455.90 $2,149.85 $455.90$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...
  16. (Set) The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $492.00 Starting at $57.90 $629.90 $57.90$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...
  17. (Set) Great Masters: Schumanns and Shostakovich/Brahms and Liszt Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $306.90 Starting at $52.90 $359.80 $52.90$359.80
  18. (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Life and Operas of Verdi  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $770.00 Starting at $66.90 $894.90 $66.90$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.
  19. (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Joy of Mathematics  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $394.00 Starting at $79.90 $509.90 $79.90$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.
  20. Great Masters: Schumann, Shost Set on sale

    Great Masters: Schumann, Shost

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $459.80 Starting at $79.90 $539.70 $79.90$539.70