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) 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
  2. (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
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (SET) America’s Musical Heritage & Great Music of the 20th Century Set

    (SET) America’s Musical Heritage & Great Music of the 20th Century

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $504.90 Starting at $504.90 $584.90 $504.90$584.90
    Discover the power music has to shape entire nations and centuries with this two-course set that pairs America’s Musical Heritage with Great Music of the 20th Century. In the first course, you’ll explore over 200 years of American music alongside Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. And in the second, you’ll examine the genius of composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Ligeti, and others who spoke to the life of...
  6. (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
  7. (Set) The Great Works of Sacred Music & Bach and the High Baroque Set

    (Set) The Great Works of Sacred Music & Bach and the High Baroque

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Trace the musical traditions and composers who directly influenced the evolution of Western music into what it is today with this two-course set featuring The Great Works of Sacred Music. Once you’ve examined the history and art of these masterpieces, take an in-depth dive into the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music and understand his compositional language with Bach and the High Baroque.
  8. (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.
  9. (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...
  10. (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & The Great Works of Sacred Music Set

    (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & The Great Works of Sacred Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Music conveys meaning and this two-course set will help you interpret the meanings through history and religion. Start with a survey of musical works that reflect historical events in Music as a Mirror of History. Then study the milestone pieces of The Great Works of Sacred Music, which not only introduces you to a repertoire and a legacy of extraordinary musical greatness, but also provides a vivid and essential...
  11. (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...
  12. (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...
  13. (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.
  14. (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.
  15. (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.
  16. (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & String Quartets of Beethoven Set

    (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & String Quartets of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    Discover the context and beauty of music with this enlightening two-course set from Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances. Travel into the lives of the greatest composers of the modern era with Great Music of the 20th Century. Then, grasp the musical riches and spiritual greatness of the quartet in a clear and accessible way with String Quartets of Beethoven.
  17. (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & Music as a Mirror of History Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $605.00 Starting at $111.90 $769.90 $111.90$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...
  18. (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...
  19. (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.
  20. (SET) Learning German & Bach and the High Baroque Set

    (SET) Learning German & Bach and the High Baroque

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Embark on an illuminating two-course journey through German language and culture. First, an award-winning professor conducts you through a full year of college-level German, complete with crystal-clear explanations and a cache of insider tricks in Learning German: A Journey through Language and Culture. Then, learn how to listen to and appreciate the extraordinary sweep of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s...