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.

Testimonials

" 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."

 

 

124 Courses and Sets

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124 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Great Music of the 20th Century & String Quartets of Beethoven Set on sale

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $622.00 Starting at $61.90 $759.90 $61.90$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.
  2. (Set) Music as a Mirror of History & The Great Works of Sacred Music Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $512.00 Starting at $97.90 $654.90 $97.90$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...
  3. (Set) The Great Works of Sacred Music & Bach and the High Baroque Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $656.00 Starting at $61.90 $789.90 $61.90$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.
  4. (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Symphonies of Beethoven Set on sale

    (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Symphonies of Beethoven

    Robert Greenberg
    Save up to $752.00 Starting at $70.90 $894.90 $70.90$894.90