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The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works Audiobook

The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

The piano is the most popular solo concert instrument in Western music. One of the key reasons is the fact that it has inspired many of the greatest masterpieces in the concert repertoire. To study these masterworks and to understand their genius and lasting appeal is to know one of the greatest accomplishments of Western culture, works that give great pleasure even as they deepen your insight into the meaning of music.
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The piano is the most popular solo concert instrument in Western music. One of the key reasons is the fact that it has inspired many of the greatest masterpieces in the concert repertoire. To study these masterworks and to understand their genius and lasting appeal is to know one of the greatest accomplishments of Western culture, works that give great pleasure even as they deepen your insight into the meaning of music.

The 23 works you'll study are carefully chosen to highlight the most important compositional and pianistic achievements in the solo piano tradition.

These 24 enthralling lectures by Professor Greenberg take you through more than 200 years of piano music. Beginning with the monumental figure of Bach, followed by Mozart and Beethoven, you experience the piano music of such 19th-century masters as Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt, before moving forward to visionary modernists including Scriabin, Debussy, and Prokofiev. Each lecture presents a single work in a fresh, accessible encounter with its musical substance, welcoming listeners new to concert music as well as experienced concert music lovers.

In addition to your study of the music, the lectures treat you to a rich panorama of music history. You dig deeply into the artistic and cultural environments that the compositions reflect, shedding light on what inspired these great works and how they were written. As a third layer of the course, you delve into the fascinating history of the piano itself, uncovering the ways in which the evolution of the instrument directly influenced the music that composers wrote for it.

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

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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    Numagick 06-14-14
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    "Greenberg is the Best"
    If you could sum up The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works in three words, what would they be?

    Greenberg's grasp of the subject is masterful but always entertaining. This is my 11th Greenberg Great Course purchase.


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    Janet M. Hawn 04-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful!"

    My degree is in Classical piano, and, still, I learned so much.
    Thank you. I will listen to it again.

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    Becky 06-30-15
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    "Brilliant!"

    As always, professor Greenberg fills this entertaining and informative series with interesting anecdotes, technical explanations, and, last but not least, his own idiosyncratic and witty teaching style.

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    Greg Saunders 04-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    this installation of the great courses music series is excellent as always. definitely recommend checking this out

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    Introductory info that some might find interesting or amusing, but the many examples are not only poorly recorded, but poorly performed as well.

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    "Another Great Series"

    Always entertaining and informative, Prof. Greenburg has introduced me to a whole new world piano music. Now I need the CD's.

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    "The best of the Greenberg."

    I have listened almost all of his lectures and I like this one the best, very slightly better than the concerti lectures.

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    Professor Robert Greenberg is very engaging and entertaining throughout, and makes you completely forget that you're actually learning history during his lectures. While he goes a bit manic is lecture 23, it's all for the sake of helping you remember and learn.

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    "Great overview of the solo piano repertoire"

    Greenberg is a very entertaining presenter, and these 23 snapshots of great pieces blend history, biography and musical analysis. I would have appreciated a bit more probing and depth on the musical theory, especially on harmony. But this is understandable given the broad audience.

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    I could hardly imagine a better match than Professor Greenberg and Audio books.

    Great information. Great stories. Great narration. Great music!

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    "Great listening."

    Wonderful course which I'm only one-third of the way through. I've learnt so much through this enthusiastic exploration of the composers' music. How satisfying it must be to be a music buff. This value for money.

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    Prof Greenberg, I have listened to the Great Courses' How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, How to Listen to and Understand Opera and am now thoroughly inspired by the 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works. You spend your life preaching about the genius of others while you are quite the genius of teaching yourself! The way you weave fantastic amounts of musical knowledge in with historical context and with a modern and entertaining expression is inspirational. You sir, are achieving for classical music what Pavarotti did for Nessun Dorma! Rock-on.

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