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Concert Masterworks | [The Great Courses]

Concert Masterworks

Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?
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Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt - or any composer, for that matter?

What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or is it a matter of pure inspiration? Does the composer hear the music in his head before even picking up a pen, or does the music in fact begin on that blank sheet of staff paper? Most important, can lay listeners like us, untrained in music's technicalities, learn how to open our ears to a composer's creative intentions?

Happily, the answer is a resounding "yes!" And in this series of 32 lectures, a professional composer and accomplished teacher will give you a new level of sophistication as a music listener - using as his teaching tools some of the most memorable works in all of music, by geniuses whose work has not only withstood time, but transcended it.

Through listening to these lectures, you'll gain a new grasp of the intricacies of musical purpose, structure, and narrative content that you will then be able to hear in any piece of music. And though this is a demanding course, with a deeper look into musical structure than untrained listeners are likely to have experienced, it is not an intimidating one. Professor Greenberg vividly positions each composition and its composer in the social and musical fabric of its period, so you can understand the music in its proper societal and artistic context and feel its emotional power in the same way as did its original audiences.

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.

©1995 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1995 The Great Courses

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    Andrew Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-05-13
    Andrew Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great way to add to your concertgoing experience"

    This is the best credit I've spent in a long time. Rather than just providing technical details and historical context, Professor Greenberg explains exactly what another composer would be listening for in each of these works. The result is eye-opening, even for someone who regularly attends orchestral concerts.

    If you've listened to Professor Greenberg's "30 Greatest Orchestral Works" in the same series, Concert Masterworks is deeper and more engaging in every way.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    eddie ROSWELL, GA, United States 11-18-13
    eddie ROSWELL, GA, United States 11-18-13
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    "ERA OF TRANSFORMATION CLASSICAL-ROMANTICISM"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Concert Masterworks to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely yes...it is essential to "...get it in our ears," says Professor Greenberg, as he teaches the thematic development in various forms of composition, he walks us through each work playing key parts, as if sitting at our side discovering the original intentions of each great master he reviews. Audio lends itself very well to great learning enjoyment...I augment the lessons by listening further online to entire works Dr. Greenberg introduces.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Concert Masterworks?

    The section on Paganini and Franz Liszt...the influence of mastering technique to the extreme capability of an instrument and the inspiration of virtuoso on generations centuries forward was fascinating...one could then see how musical composition became transformed to accommodate the extremes in performance.


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

    Yes...Mozart: His Life and Music...in contrast, Concert Masterworks was much broader in scope covering select works of many great composers spanning from and including Bach, Haydn, and Mozart's era through the 19th century, Beethoven, Chopin, Paganini, Brahms, Liszt, Dvorak, and into the early 20th century, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff. Dr. Greenberg does give attention to biographical details as well as social cultural changes as they influenced changes in compositional and thematic forms in music.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Change We Can Believe In


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-08-14
    Pablo Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Really great course, loved it and learned so much!"
    Would you listen to Concert Masterworks again? Why?

    Yes, it was very well presented, very informative and really interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There weren't really any characters, but I enjoyed all the pieces that were chosen.


    What about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance did you like?

    Prof. Greenberg was great, he really knows his material and he made the listening very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be even better if they included the word scores with the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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