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."

 

 

126 Courses and Sets

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126 Courses and Sets

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (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...
  6. (Set) The Music of Richard Wagner & Symphonies of Beethoven Set

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

    Robert Greenberg
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90