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The Great Courses: Fine Arts & Music
ORIGINAL
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  • The Symphony

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    From its humble beginnings in the 17th-century Along the way, it has embraced nearly every trend to be found in Western concert music.In this series of twenty-four 45-minute lectures, Professor Greenberg guides you on a survey of the symphony.

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  • The Chamber Music of Mozart

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Nowhere is Mozart's maturity and mastery more apparent than in the chamber music he wrote during the last 10 years of his life. These 16 lectures take you deep inside the structure of Mozart's chamber masterworks to reveal his hand at work. This is an amazing opportunity to hear, study, and enjoy a selection of immortal musical compositions that Professor Greenberg calls "a blessing of inconceivable richness". You will learn the basic "language" that all 18th-century composers used to write Classical music. You'll also explore the subtleties of Mozart's technique as a composer: his ability to make art "artless".

    Dr. Frank A. Salamone Sr. says: "Greenberg and Mozart a match made in heaven"
    Greenberg and Mozart a match made in heaven

    Mozart is great. Greenberg explains why he is great and adds to our understanding.

    Reviewed on February 28 2014 by Dr. Frank A. Salamone Sr. (White Plains, NY USA)
  • The String Quartets of Beethoven

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    In this musically rich 24-lecture series, Professor Greenberg guides you in a deep encounter with these majestic works of art, offering you the rare opportunity to grasp the musical riches and spiritual greatness of the quartets in a clear and accessible way. Each of these lectures is a rare and life-enriching opportunity to know the scope of Beethoven's genius, his most unforgettable music, and the profound humanity and beauty that live through them.

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  • Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    A revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory. The piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and, most important, his developing view of music as a self-expressive art.Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas include some of his most popular works as well as some of his most experimental.

    Joan W. Witkin says: "Style and delivery"
    Style and delivery

    The music and Professor Greenberg's analyses.

    Reviewed on October 30 2013 by Joan W. Witkin (New York, New York USA)
  • The Concerto

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    The concerto offers a kind of unique excitement no other instrumental music can match. Where a symphony enthralls us with its thematic variations and development, a concerto gives us human drama-the exhilaration of a soloist or group of soloists ringing forth against the mass of the orchestra.In 24 musically rich lectures, Professor Greenberg provides a guided tour of the concerto, from its conception as a child of Renaissance ideals, through its maturation in the Classical age, its metamorphosis in the Romantic era, and its radical transformation in the 20th century and beyond.

    Victoria says: "Better than "How to Listen to...Great Music!""
    Better than "How to Listen to...Great Music!"

    This course is indispensable for anyone who enjoys concert or symphonic music. Dr. Greenberg's _How to Listen to and Understand Great Music_ was my in..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 02 2014 by Victoria (Austin, TX, United States)
  • The Music of Richard Wagner

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

    Jonatan says: "Wagner for "dudes""
    Wagner for "dudes"

    Extensive but bantering.

    Reviewed on August 14 2013 by Jonatan (Linköping, Sweden)
  • Great American Music: Broadway Musicals

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bill Messenger
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    Rodgers and Hart. George and Ira Gershwin. Cole Porter. Lerner and Loewe. For most people who've grown up with and shared America's musical heritage, great songs open the floodgates to memories and feelings. Perhaps nowhere is this more profound than in the world of Broadway musicals, with their iconic melodies and memorable lyrics.Revisit the standards, originally written for the stage, that have both delighted and helped mend the broken hearts of Americans for decades.

    L. Burbach says: "The Best of My 23 Audible Purchases So Far."
    The Best of My 23 Audible Purchases So Far.

    Joy! Joy! Joy!

    Reviewed on August 22 2013 by L. Burbach (Florida, USA)
  • The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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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.

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