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How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition | [The Great Courses]

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

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.
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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.

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.

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

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    Pablo Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-19-15
    Pablo Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent course, highly recommended for everyone"

    Entertaining and educational, it left me wanting more! Despite having heard a few of Prof. Greenberg's courses, I learned a great deal from this one.

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    Andre 05-15-15
    Andre 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A masterpiece !"

    Amazing audiobook !
    Incredible narration!
    Comprehensive yet appropriately concise.
    I will need to listen to it a couple more times to make sure I didn't miss anything.
    Loved it!!

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    "Loved this course"

    It more then met my expectations . I am not a musician so I needed explanations that related to my capability to understand. Professor Greenberg made the course interesting and understandable. Thank you for the chance to listen to someone who obviously loves what he does.

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    CRITTER 05-14-15
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    "Great music history with an amazing instructor"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition the most enjoyable?

    The instructor's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge. He even showed me the roots of heavy metal unintentionally.


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

    Hearing Stravinsky's Dance of the Adolescents


    What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Vigor


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    R. E. Thompson Portland, OR USA 05-05-15
    R. E. Thompson Portland, OR USA 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    48 classes...lots of information. Never lost interest. Greenberg is a great, engaging teacher. Loved it.

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    Beaugy Huntington Beach, CA 05-03-15
    Beaugy Huntington Beach, CA 05-03-15
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    "What a great survey of great music!"

    I now understand how music is a mirror. How it reflects our culture and context. Very informative, highly entertaining, funny and inspiring.

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    Aaron 04-30-15
    Aaron 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "More than a music lesson"

    Far beyond my expectations in quality of production, audience engagement and overall experience. Mr. Greenberg and his production crew have an incredible skill for compacting complicated subject matter and making it accessible to all. A lesson in history and culture wrapped in a melodic tune the listener can't get enough of. I will certainly continue with additional courses in this series and likely revisit this particular lesson in the near future.

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    thanyadej Bangkok, Thailand 04-13-15
    thanyadej Bangkok, Thailand 04-13-15 Member Since 2007
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    "music as natural history of human evolution"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition the most enjoyable?

    This is not just another music appreciation course. Prof. Greenberg revealed how the music and musicians, genius as they were, are part of evolution of mankind at large. I listen to music of different era now more than ever with more respect and appreciation.


    What other book might you compare How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition to and why?

    Listen to Prof. Greenberg narration make audible book a wonderful experience. There is no better way to convey the material in music other than hearing it from the professor. No book is comparable to this gem.


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

    He taught us not only music but how music related to history, socioeconomic and state of the world. That is really insightful and open the mind of every listener. Apart from very informative he is an ideal lecturer, wit-full, funny, lively and make a boring subject really interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitly.


    Any additional comments?

    Enlightening

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    Joe Houston, TX, United States 04-05-15
    Joe Houston, TX, United States 04-05-15 Member Since 2012

    Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas

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    "Moved on after 15 hours"

    Really great lecturer, but just too much detail for my taste and interest level. I know nothing about music and learned a bunch, but had enough about 1/3 of the way through.

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    simon björkman 03-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great but lacking in soundquality"

    I greatly enjoyed this course but my only complaint is that when the music played or when he played the piano the soundquality was awful, especially in the bass. It just wobbled constantly in a very strange way when it clearly shouldnt have.

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