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.
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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!
Prof. Robert Greenberg is a true teacher. His lecture style makes this intellectual topic accessible and fun for a novice like me. If you lack a musical education but wish you knew what "classical" music is all about, do yourself a favor and get this course.
I listened to lectures during my commute and then used my Amazon Prime Music to find the music being studied so I could listen to the works several times while following the word scores. Make sure to download the PDF of the course guide so that you can follow the word scores. It will be in your Library. I also made playlists on You Tube which helped with operas.
I suggest you do the same because you will want a symphony playlist on your iPod and you will actually want to listen to it for fun.
This course changed my life.
I have listened to many Great Courses. I like to listen as I jog. Robert Greenberg is the best presenter I have listened to. He is funny and practical and able to connect the past and present. I come to the class with no background in music but I can follow the course and want more!
Yes, I would. I did and I will. It is absolutely outstanding course. I enjoy every minute. It is the best audio I've heard. The structure, the details, the easy of access is amazing and striking
Combination of historical background and actual musical history. I bow down in face of such perfection. The stories are very telling, and the examples are priceless.
I loved them all!!! I gave enough time to let each one settle in my mind, so I enjoyed every moment of this amazing course.
It made me appreciate the creator of the course. I did laugh, and I almost cried. I certainly noted the beauty of the story line and its relativity to the music that was presented
I am grateful for this course. I've learned so much, and it's been very entertaining and joyful
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