The Great Courses

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    • Great Music of the 20th Century

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg PhD
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The 20th century was a hotbed of musical exploration, innovation, and transformation unlike any other epoch in history....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointment

    • By MAdison on 03-11-18

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

    • By: Bill Messenger, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bill Messenger
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    Jazz is a uniquely American art form, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good introduction, but serious omissions.

    • By MidwestGeek on 02-13-17

    Regular price: $9.95

    • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,933
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891

    Even if you have listened to many of these illustrative pieces throughout your life you will never hear them the same way again after experiencing these lectures....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

    • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 937
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 857
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 840

    Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If they cut off both hands, I will compose music..

    • By Kristi R. on 02-01-15

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Concert Masterworks

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    32 lectures, a professional composer and accomplished teacher will give you a new level of sophistication as a music listener....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Down the rabbit hole with Dr. G!

    • By JaneN on 11-09-14

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Bach and the High Baroque

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 429
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 424

    Though unappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights, the verdict of contemporary audiences long since overruled by succeeding generations of music lovers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast

    • By Dickens Groupie on 09-07-13

    Regular price: $52.95

    • The Symphonies of Beethoven

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 241

    Beginning with an introduction to Beethoven the man and the musical and societal forces that shaped his development, you'll explore his breathtaking innovations....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Truly the course materials MUST be made available.

    • By Christopher James on 09-23-14

    Regular price: $52.95

    • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 537
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 492
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 485

    This spellbinding series of 32 lectures will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Professor Robert Greenberg does it again!

    • By Kristi R. on 09-18-15

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Great Masters: Haydn - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 104

    Almost from the moment it was first set to paper, the music of Franz Joseph Haydn - technically superb, rich in quality, and widely imitated - has exemplified the Classical style....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another masterpiece from Greenberg

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-14-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 508
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 462

    Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

    • By Paul on 09-23-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Tchaikovsky - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 168

    This fast-moving series of eight lectures offers an insightful look into both the circumstances of Tchaikovsky's life and the impact that life had on his music....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular

    • By ANDRÉ on 05-17-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Stravinsky - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    Stravinsky forged a new "musical language" to portray the sense of the ballet's primitive and earthy theme....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Right Up the Middle

    • By Chris Reich on 09-27-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 627
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 572
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 567

    After listening to this perceptive series of eight lectures on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, you will likely find that you hear his work in an entirely different way....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The strangest rabbit hole yet!

    • By JaneN on 12-02-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Mahler - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 142

    More than many other composers, Gustav Mahler's works are highly personal expressions of his inner world....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Survey of Mahler's Life and Major Works

    • By Darwin8u on 11-08-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Brahms-His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 121

    This eight-lecture series uses biographical information and musical commentary to link the complexities of Brahms the man with the electrifying music of Brahms the composer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First class introduction to a wonderful composer

    • By Jane on 08-20-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Liszt - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 88

    More than anyone before him, Franz Liszt created one of the most enduring archetypes of the Romantic era....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Greatest Liszt Presentation Ever

    • By TM on 11-24-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann - Their Lives and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    In all the annals of Western music, there has never been a couple like the Schumanns: he a pioneering critic and composer, she one of the leading concert pianists of Europe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Soap Opera Lives of the Great Masters

    • By Russell Bernard on 06-09-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great Masters: Shostakovich - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 167

    Dmitri Shostakovich's symphonies and string quartets are mainstays of the 20th century repertoire....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Living the Great Terror

    • By Cookie on 08-14-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Operas of Mozart

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died, left behind the defining composition in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and above all - opera....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best values on Audible!

    • By Doggy Bird on 04-06-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Life and Operas of Verdi

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    This series of 32 lectures from one of music's most acclaimed teachers combines biography with a variety of musical excerpts to reveal the treasures of creativity that account for this popularity....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Viva Verdi!

    • By Paul on 01-30-15

    Regular price: $52.95

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