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How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition Lecture

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

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Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives - provided it is understood.

If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge. It's a lecture series that will enable you to first grasp music's forms, techniques, and terms - the grammatical elements that make you fluent in its language - and then use that newfound fluency to finally hear and understand what the greatest composers in history are actually saying to us.

And as you learn the gifts given us by nearly every major composer, you'll come to know there is one we share with each of them - a common humanity that lets us finally understand that these were simply people speaking to us, sharing their passion and wanting desperately to be heard. Using digitally recorded musical passages to illustrate his points, Professor Greenberg will take you inside magnificent compositions by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and more. Even if you have listened to many of these illustrative pieces throughout your life - as so many of us have - you will never hear them the same way again after experiencing these lectures.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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    Mark Myers Beautiful Taos, NM 11-15-13
    Mark Myers Beautiful Taos, NM 11-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Everything I could want in a music course"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition the most enjoyable?

    Greenberg is passionate, lively, funny, and always crystal-clear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition?

    I thought a lot of early music, including plain chant and the madrigal, were not for me. Boy was I wrong!


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Almost every time he plays an excerpt that he's been describing, I'm moved.


    Any additional comments?

    I fell in love with great music rather late in the game, at age 22, without any knowledge. I've always steered clear of explanation and analysis, fearing that intellectualizing music would throw a wet blanket over my enjoyment. I was wrong. These lectures have increased my enjoyment enormously.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eliu Montoya Mariscal Mexico, Mexico Mexico 10-02-13
    Eliu Montoya Mariscal Mexico, Mexico Mexico 10-02-13

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    "From hiphop to orchestral music"
    Where does How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Robert's sense of humor, intelligent and even sarcastic comments


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donn Patton WA United States 07-28-13
    Donn Patton WA United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A fascinating, entertaining, and informative jour"
    Would you listen to How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition again? Why?

    Absolutely, lots of insightful information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Guillaume de Machaut


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Greenberg – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

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    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to classical music all my life, but never really had a deep knowledge of its forms or history. This lecture series has given me a much deeper understanding and greatly broadened my musical pallet.

    I especially enjoyed the history of ancient music.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    augustine 08-15-13
    augustine 08-15-13
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    "Professor Greenberg needs to tone it down."

    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.

    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Francis Tillinghast 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo, Prof. Greenberg, Bravo"

    Prof. Greenberg is an educator par excellence, able to inspire in his student an awe and love for this art form for which he is so passionate about. I highly, highly recommend this course.

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    Amazon Customer 09-07-16
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    "Whets the appetite for more"

    This survey course whets the appetite for more. A great starting point for anyone who wants to enjoy the greats but isn't sure where to begin, "How to Listen and Understand Great Music" leaves one with a budding understanding of composers, periods, and pieces and a desire to explore further.

    I especially appreciated the history portions which gave a contextual background for understanding the composers and their works.

    Robert Greenberg made the content appealling and approachable I will be listening to more courses from him in the future

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    Carole 09-07-16
    Carole 09-07-16
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    "Very informative"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    For clarity...In section 4 (Chapter 3). The Roman Catholic Church was not established until the Great Schism in 1054 when they broke away from the First True Church (The Orthodox Church). There should be clarity and credit given to the Orthodox Church.


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    Max Chee 08-06-16
    Max Chee 08-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Almost perfect"

    Excellent narattor and extremely informative piece for anyone who is onterested in the history of music untill the 20th century. You'll learn a few music termonology on the way as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Praha 518, Czech Republic 07-27-16
    Martin Praha 518, Czech Republic 07-27-16
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    "It made me listen classical music"

    I know next to nothing about classical music. Prof. Greenberg tells the story in a very engaging way. It is very informative and fun. No, I did not understand everything. But it is worlds apart listening to some music you know nothing about and listening to music which someone guides you through. It actually made me to start listening classical music.

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    Matt Ranlett Atlanta Georgia 07-13-16
    Matt Ranlett Atlanta Georgia 07-13-16 Member Since 2014

    Husband, father of 2, and a software developer moving slowly and unsteadily into management. I love reading, especially fiction & history

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    "I'm now smarter but I have miles to go"

    This was a fantastic introduction to all the music I've been listening to without any understanding for decades. Even before I was done with this series of lectures I went out and bought 3 more classes from Professor Greenberg.
    I really enjoyed the insightful guided tour through hundreds of years of music, but it was the humor and anecdotes which, along with the amazing music, keep me coming back for more.

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