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) String Quartets of Beethoven & Chamber Music of Mozart  Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $554.00 Starting at $44.90 $629.90 $44.90$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...
  2. (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
  3. (Set) Understanding Russia & Great Masters Set

    (Set) Understanding Russia & Great Masters

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $469.90 $469.90$469.90
    Discover some of the greatest contributors to Russian influence throughout history with this two-course set. From Dostoevsky and Mussorgsky to Eisenstein and Akhmatova, survey hundreds of years of art and culture with Understanding Russia: A Cultural History. Then, get to know the essence of Tchaikovsky as a man and great artist with Great Masters: Tchaikovsky—His Life and Music.
  4. (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & Music as a Mirror of History Set

    (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & Music as a Mirror of History

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $669.90 Starting at $669.90 $769.90 $669.90$769.90
    Dig deeply into the vision and the techniques of musicians with this insightful two-course set from Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances. Start with the majestic beauty and diversity of the concert music of the modern era through Great Music of the 20th Century. Then, see how you can use history to better understand the context of the music you hear with Music as a Mirror...
  5. (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works Set

    (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    What can the most memorable music pieces teach us about our past? This two-course set provides you with insight into the greatest works and the state of the world that inspired them. Start with an in-depth survey of musical works that were written in direct response to contemporary historical events in Music as a Mirror of History. Then, take a sumptuous grand tour of the greatest symphonic pieces ever written with...
  6. (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & Great American Music Set

    (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & Great American Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $639.90 $349.90$639.90
    Survey the vast scope of 20th century music in this two-course set. Immerse yourself in this era’s most influential musical masterpieces with Great Music of the 20th Century. Then, get the story and the music behind some of Broadway's biggest hits and most memorable moments with Great American Music: Broadway Musicals.
  7. (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & Food: A Cultural Culinary History Set

    (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    What can we learn about history when we apply a unique lens and a new perspective? This two-course set gives you a different view of history, looking at the culture impact of music and food. Music as a Mirror of History explore how music can bring us not only transcendent beauty and joy, but also understanding, compassion, and meaning amid even the most terrible of human events. Food: A Cultural Culinary History...
  8. (Set) The Great Works of Sacred Music & Great Masters: Mozart Set

    (Set) The Great Works of Sacred Music & Great Masters: Mozart

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $239.90 Starting at $239.90 $469.90 $239.90$469.90
    In this two-part set, you’ll trace the musical traditions and composers who were celebrated as some of the greatest contributors of all time. Start with The Great Works of Sacred Music to examine the history and art of transcendent masterworks. Then take an in-depth dive into the extraordinary sweep of Mozart and his 600 compositions with Great Masters: Mozart-His Life and Music.
  9. (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Get a practical and spirited introduction to the mysterious realm of music with this two-course set. Gain valuable insight into musical genres and what defines them with Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance. And learn how to appreciate the processes of composition with Understanding the Fundamentals of Music
  10. (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works Set

    (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    Discover how orchestral music is undoubtedly one of the supreme artistic traditions of Western culture with this two course set from Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances. Immerse yourself in the greatest musical masterpieces of the modern era with Great Music of the 20th Century. Then, take a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces Professor Greenberg counts as being...
  11. (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works Set

    (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Music is not only lovely to listen to, it can provide fascinating insights into the state of the world when it was composed. This two-course set first looks at influential works from a historical perspective in Music as a Mirror of History. Then you can explore the unrivaled power of piano works considered to be among the most exceptional landmarks in the literature in The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works.
  12. (Set) The Great Masters: 4 Course Set Set

    (Set) The Great Masters: 4 Course Set

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $359.80 Starting at $359.80 $799.80 $359.80$799.80
    Join favorite Great Courses Professor Robert Greenberg to gain a deeper understanding of the great masters of music with this set of courses. Experience the incredible lives and musical triumphs of the artists who have lasted throughout the ages–Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, and dive deep into the ways their music has changed the world around us.
  13. (Set) How to Play Piano & The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works Set

    (Set) How to Play Piano & The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Experience the piano like never before with this two-course set. Start your journey with the step-by-step lessons of How to Play Piano. Then, join Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances for an in-depth exploration of the solo piano works he considers to be among the most exceptional in The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works.
  14. (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (Set) Learning to Play Guitar & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Deepen your appreciation of everything musical that you hear with this two-course set. Discover the joy of playing one of the world’s most universal instruments with Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. Then, increase your music-listening skills and come to appreciate what a complex and rewarding study music theory can be with Understanding the Fundamentals of Music.
  15. (Set) The Great Works of Sacred Music & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works Set

    (Set) The Great Works of Sacred Music & The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Music fans will love this amazing set of two courses exploring the history and grandeur of some of the most celebrated and influential compositions of Western music. Start off with The Great Works of Sacred Music to examine the history and art of transcendent masterworks. Then explore a range of works from the majesty of Baroque masterpieces to the daring visions of modernism in The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works.
  16. (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Great Music of the 20th Century Set

    (Set) Playing Guitar like a Pro & Great Music of the 20th Century

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Get to know the modern music you love like never before with this two-course set. Discover the legendary playing styles of Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Django Reinhardt, and more in this course for both musicians and fans: Playing Guitar like a Pro: Lead, Solo, and Group Performance. Then, discover the genius of composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartók, Ligeti, Adès, and many others with...
  17. (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition Set

    (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $934.90 Starting at $934.90 $1,084.90 $934.90$1,084.90
    Learn how to appreciate the unmatched beauty, genius, and power of concert music and permanently enrich your life with this two course set from Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances. Experience the era’s greatest masterworks with Great Music of the 20th Century. Then, discover why a little education goes a long way to helping you appreciate a body of music with How to...
  18. (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music Set

    (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $934.90 Starting at $934.90 $1,084.90 $934.90$1,084.90
    Learning how to appreciate the unmatched beauty, genius, and power of concert music can permanently enrich your life. This two-course set unravels the rich tapestry of music from unusual perspectives. Music as a Mirror of History looks at how music was inspired by or reflects major milestones in the past, while How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition helps you become fluent in the language of music.
  19. (Set) Music and the Brain & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (Set) Music and the Brain & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $229.90 Starting at $229.90 $474.90 $229.90$474.90
    We all know that beneath the surface of music, beyond the joy or excitement or even heartache that this beautiful language of sound can stir within us, lies the often-mysterious realm of music theory. Learn the basics of music theory and why music affects us the way it does with this spellbinding two-course set, combining Music and the Brain and Understanding the Fundamentals of Music.
  20. (Set) How to Play Piano & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (Set) How to Play Piano & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Go beyond the surface of music with this two-course set. Gain a wealth of in-depth music theory, history, and hands-on experience with How to Play the Piano. Then, experience a solid introduction to music theory's basics in a way that is not technically intimidating, yet provides a substantial grounding with Understanding the Fundamentals of Music.