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.
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Greenberg is passionate, lively, funny, and always crystal-clear.
I thought a lot of early music, including plain chant and the madrigal, were not for me. Boy was I wrong!
Almost every time he plays an excerpt that he's been describing, I'm moved.
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.
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.
Absolutely, lots of insightful information
Guillaume de Machaut
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.
Professor Greenberg's delivery is excellent. He outlines what he will be addressing in any given lecture, and delivers what he promises in a structured and sensible manner. He has a good sense of humor, and his passion for the subject comes through. I am somewhere around lecture 20 and have learned a lot. I listen on the 40 minute drive to work every day and just discovered there is a PDF that accompanies the lectures. It is not necessary, but will be nice to have to review. I don't listen on the way home because I am tired and really do not want to zone out and miss anything. It is that good.
thorough, rich, insightful!
Robert Greenberg has an incredible amount of information, which he conveys so clearly and with so much conviction it's hard to believe. His passion and sense of humor add to the entertainment of learning just how far music has come.
First and won't be the last!
Literally impossible. It made for weeks and weeks of enjoyment.
My sincere thanks for the inspiration and information!!
Even though this is just a cursory glance at the history and development of Western music, it is brilliantly taught by Professor Greenberg. His passion for the subject and fantastic sense of humor show through in every lecture. It also provides a great springboard for further musical study and enjoyment. 100% worth a credit!
Very good book.
Dr. Greenberg is very entertaining and obviously an expert in his field.
A must have for anyone that loves music.
errObviously I like to read have a wide varied interest Have lived in the South most of my life and travelled extensively.
lecturer was passionate and knowledge about subject presented was able to keep interested throughout .
I loved the premise of the course, music as a mirror. The author was very funny, made me laugh a lot of times. Narration was accordingly, extremely engagi ng. Very good structure, I retained a lot of information. Thank you!
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