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Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

A revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory. The piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and, most important, his developing view of music as a self-expressive art.Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas include some of his most popular works as well as some of his most experimental.
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A revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory. The piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and, most important, his developing view of music as a self-expressive art. Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas include some of his most popular works as well as some of his most experimental. More than any other of his amazing works, Beethoven's piano sonatas are his personal testament, expressed in his own voice.

These 24 marvelous lectures touch on every one of these fascinating pieces, approaching them chronologically, from the terse and powerful first sonata of 1795 to the revolutionary Hammerklavier Sonata of 1818 and the radical last three sonatas of 1820-1822.

The sonatas are not simply compositions for the piano but are about the developing technology of the piano itself, an evolving instrument that Beethoven pushed to its limits and then beyond, ultimately writing music for an idealized piano that didn't come into existence until 40 years after his death.

Because Beethoven died 50 years before the invention of sound recording, we will never hear his voice or the sound of his playing. Instead, Professor Greenberg plays you hundreds of excerpts of Maestro Claude Frank's recordings over the span of the course. Truly, Beethoven's piano music is his voice, emerging from his mind through his fingers to our ears and hearts.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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    Joan W. Witkin New York, New York USA 10-30-13
    Joan W. Witkin New York, New York USA 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Beethoven's Piano Sonatas the most enjoyable?

    The music and Professor Greenberg's analyses.


    Any additional comments?

    Professor Greenberg gets in the way of his own material by interjecting asides and cracking jokes which triviializes the lectures.

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    Jeffrey F. Rector Tokyo, Japan 10-06-13
    Jeffrey F. Rector Tokyo, Japan 10-06-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Entertaining and educational."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Some of this was over my non-musical head, but the delivery was very entertaining and I am inspired to learn more.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Greenberg is very good.


    Any additional comments?

    This course would have been better with the written materials. However, I got by without them and for one credit, it's a heck of a deal.

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    Arbutus Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada 11-26-13
    Arbutus Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada 11-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much talk, too little music"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wanted to hear the music and then about how it worked. Instead I got a lots of talk from someone who is full of himself and likes to hear himself talk.


    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    Greenberg's annoying attempts to be funny and to use silly metaphors to try to explain the music. He sounded like he has spent too many years trying to appeal to uninterested undergraduates. He talked down to his audience and did not explain the music. I finally quit listening.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Robert Greenberg’s performances?

    Definitely not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. And annoyance that I spent the money and did not get value.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not purchase any Great Courses again as this one is such a dud.

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