A new transplant to Long Island, NY that enjoys techno thrillers, apocalyptic, and epic stories. I used to fly through books during my hour commute--but now, I'm in the car about a quarter of that time :(
I went into this one really hoping to learn more about great pieces of music -- and I did, but the professor's energy and voice gets to be grating after hour 6 or so. I don't know how anyone can sit through 30 more... I certainly couldn't.
The content of the course is quite good; however Prof. Greenberg's delivery is absurdly melodramatic. This is supposed to be a college lecture series: he should have delivered the content like an interesting, engaging college lecturer not like an excited fan. If you can get over his delivery (use the preview), you'll likely enjoy this course.
I have bought and listened about 20 audiobooks so far and without hasitate I can assure this is the best of all.
I consider myself as a complete music ignorant, though I like it. My previous audibooks where none of them about music nor art appreciation. I'm an engineer and without any prior music education.
Though this audibook gave the basis to start understanding great music. Gave me the basis to open my own road in music appreciation.
A phat and big round TEN for Robert Greenberg.
That is exactly what this audibook is: a story!
Robert Greenberg nailed it from the 1st chapter all along the last one. He explained with great humor, knowledge and humble, the human history and where every piece of music and composer fits. He explained the different ages with great detailed but never pretentious. This is the perfect formula for any person without any prior music knowledge to be involved in this wonderful world.
Robert's sense of humor, intelligent and even sarcastic comments
The moment I started understanding some Mozart's movements.
The moment I started to differentiate the inner structure of menuettos, sonatas, passacaglias, fuges, rondos, etc.. I started to realize that this was the perfect audiobook for a guy like me.
The moment my ipod started to be filled with classical, baroque, romantic music, operas and not just to hear them, but to own them.
This audiobook really moved me because I am not a passive listener any more, now I understand, now they are not Beethoven's, Mozart's, Debussy's any more, now I'm active, now they are mine.
I really want to thank Robert Greenberg for this wonderful work. I do not know him personally but I believe he changed me in a deep and aesthetical manner.
Well structured, fun to listen to.
Yes. I have listen to four so far and am about to start a fifth.
Too much to digest to listen to in one sitting. A lecture or two per day gives time to chew on the details. (And download some of the works discussed.)
Ranks among the top 5 percent of audio books I read so far.
Spoken with humor and wit providing an encyclopedia of knowledge of English music of 16th to 20th century.
Explanation of iconic musical pieces as they are playing.
Music of Centuries explained
Fun way to learn music fundamentals and enjoy music
The information presented provides for a good general survey with sufficient depth to give one the knowledge to listen intelligently to great music.
Unfortunately, Professor Greenberg tries too hard to be funny. This is OK at first, but after about the 15th lecture it begins to wear thin. This series would have been so much better with a less "in your face" attempt at humor. Professor Greenberg needs to tone it down quite a bit.
I was going to download the more in depth lectures that give further insights into musical styles and composers, but in all honesty, I don't think I could take anymore of Professor Greenberg's artificial attempts at stand up comedy.
In conclusion, with less schtick, this would have been an outstanding general survey course.
I would recommend this book to some of my friends, the most obvious option should be to those that knows nothing about music history and, of course, wants to listen from a different and more informed point of view. By the other hand, i would recommend it to those who are musicologists because it is overcrowded with those points that we learn to problematize and question ourselves. I would not recommend it to someone who is in the middle of educating himself in the study of music because it can really create some misleading conceptions about music.
It seems to be based on some old books dating back to the 1960's or so, the most of them being now out-of-date.
This was the first time i have ever hear about the existence of Pr. Robert Greenberg.
For me it was 'worthy of my precious time'; it made me think about the problematic issues about historicity in music that i usually never found in modern day texts.