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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

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.

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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    Barbara. 02-06-16
    Barbara. 02-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    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.

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    Nicholas 01-29-16
    Nicholas 01-29-16
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    "Utterly excellent!"
    If you could sum up How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition in three words, what would they be?

    thorough, rich, insightful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    First and won't be the last!


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

    Literally impossible. It made for weeks and weeks of enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    My sincere thanks for the inspiration and information!!

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    Spencer 01-23-16
    Spencer 01-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narrator! Great 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!

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    James Brian Waugh 01-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Very good book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Greenberg is very entertaining and obviously an expert in his field.


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

    Himself


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for anyone that loves music.

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    Danurt 01-16-16
    Danurt 01-16-16 Member Since 2011

    errObviously I like to read have a wide varied interest Have lived in the South most of my life and travelled extensively.

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    Katie 01-07-16
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    "Excellent Lecturer!"

    If you love Western classical music, this kecture series will enhance your appreciation and undeestanding. Prof Greenberg is outstanding.

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    MihaelaA 12-21-15
    MihaelaA 12-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Intreresting, entertaining, just great!"

    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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    Saffron Monsoon 12-18-15

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    "Convert to Concert Music"

    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.

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    Sasha D. Collins 12-16-15
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    "Best Presented of the Great Courses"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition the most enjoyable?

    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!


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    Jane 12-13-15
    Jane 12-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous! Absolutely Outstanding!!!"
    Would you listen to How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition again? Why?

    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


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    I am grateful for this course. I've learned so much, and it's been very entertaining and joyful

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