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Allegra Stevens

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  • 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
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    5 out of 5 stars 512
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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. But what makes his music great? In this series of 32 lectures, a working composer and musicologist brings his exceptional teaching skills to the task of helping you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music. You'll understand the compositional language that enabled him to compose such extravagant, unbridled music while still maintaining precise control of every aspect - beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony.

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

  • By Dickens Groupie on 09-07-13

Excellent!! Robert Greenberg is so enjoyable!

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Reviewed: 03-07-19

I really like Bach's music, both listening and playing, but I didn't know anything about his life other than he had a lot of kids and a lot of talent. This book told such a fantastic story. The last 4 chapters on the Goldberg Variations were so good I had to listen to them twice and I'm sure I'll listen again. Also, who knew Bach had a sense of humor? I now enjoy listening to the Coffee Cantata while enjoying a cup of coffee and empathizing with parents of teenage girls. Excellent Read/Listen. Robert Greenberg has never disappointed. I'm on my way now to listen to his book on Opera.

  • The Practicing Mind

  • Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,756
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Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration

  • By azmom on 04-04-15

Centered and Focused Daily Practices

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Reviewed: 11-17-18

I listen to this book so many times. I have it downloaded on my phone so I can listen to it where ever I left off when ever I need to be Centered and Focused (or just feel good). The ideas in this book have made me very aware of how just "practicing" the simple everyday tasks in life (think emptying the dishwasher) can provide inner peace through mindful focus and attention.

  • The Confidence Gap

  • A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt
  • By: Russ Harris, Steven Hayes PhD (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092

Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to "get over" our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. Paradoxically, it's only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The One Book for Overcoming Anxiety

  • By Riker on 01-11-16

Who knew? First comes action, then confidence!

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Reviewed: 11-17-18

This was such an enjoyable book and I made so many notes. As a person that always thought I performed better when I had that spark of confidence before acting, this book and story points out that confidence is the result of action. I benefited greatly from hearing so many examples of people who did courageous things even though they weren't spurred on by an initial spark of confidence or even had a clear idea of what the end games was (or in some cases, that there was an end game). I look forward to listening to this book many times and making even more notes, and practicing doing! BTW - this book does not rest in the theory of "fake it until you make it". Very real stories and explores examples of people taking action because they had to.

  • Guitar Zero

  • The New Musician and the Science of Learning
  • By: Gary Marcus
  • Narrated by: Gary Marcus
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 233

Just about every human being knows how to listen to music, but what does it take to make music? Is musicality something we are born with? Or a skill that anyone can develop at any time? If you don't start piano at the age of six, is there any hope? Is skill learning best left to children or can anyone reinvent him-or herself at any time?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat disappointing

  • By Urban Ottosson on 02-20-12

Really Enjoyable!

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Reviewed: 11-17-18

I really liked this book. It is such a great account about a non-musician finding his musical legs.

  • 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
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Have you ever wondered how the lives of great composers-especially when set against the social, political, and cultural context of their world-influences their music?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, your insight informed by new knowledge of how Beethoven was able to create masterpieces from the crises of his life.You'll learn about the years of progressive hearing loss-ultimately to produce total deafness-and the understandable agony and rage such a fate would bring upon a composer. About his deep depression over the end of his relationship with the woman he calls his Immortal Beloved. About his pathological hatred of authority, his persecution complex, even delusional behaviors.But you'll also learn how each of these crises, and many others, served to drive Beethoven inward, to reinvent himself and redeem his suffering through art, creating disruptive works of profound passion and beauty that reinvented the nature of musical expression in the Western world.

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

  • By JaneN on 12-02-14

Another Excellent Book about Beethoven

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Reviewed: 07-20-18

This is the second audio book about Beethoven that I've listened to by Dr. Robert Greenberg. I'm really enjoying the series. I'm about ready to start "The Symphonies of Beethoven". Dr. Greenberg's narration is SO enjoyable - I really look forward to listening to the next chapter, every day. Lot's of interesting twists and turns about Beethoven's life and the impact that his grandfather and father had on his life.

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  • Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing per ALWAYS

  • By Daniel Hauff on 01-10-15

Beethoven like you never thought of him!

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Reviewed: 07-07-18

I so enjoyed this Book. The narration was excellent and there was never a dull moment. Yes, I did learn a lot and look forward to listening to all 32 sonatas and reviewing my notes from the course. I will definitely be listening to parts of the book several times as I attempt to play my favorite Beethoven sonatas. Thank you, Professort Greenberg, for this excellent course! I'm looking forward to listening to your course on Beethoven's life and then his symphonies.

  • The Practice of Practice: Get Better Faster

  • By: Jonathan Harnum
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Harnum
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

The focus of this book is music practice, but these techniques and mindsets can be applied to any skill you want to improve. The Practice of Practice covers essential practice strategies and mindsets you won't find in any other book. You'll learn what research tells us about practice, but more importantly, you'll learn how great musicians in many genres of music think about practice, and you'll learn the strategies and techniques they use to improve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Book Instead

  • By Jazz Doc on 11-24-16

Talent is Practice in Disguise

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Reviewed: 05-12-18

Piano is my hobby. I love to listen to piano music and play it, but I've struggled for too many decades to really enjoy the playing part. I know I have some musical aptitude, but I don't consider myself talented. Then Jonathan introduced me to the phrase that has totally reshaped my music playing ability and enjoyment: "Talent is Practice in Disguise"! It's been almost a year since I listened to this book. I have not yet practiced 1 scale or group of fingering exercises, as I thought I had to do in order to get better. Instead, I played the music that I liked and have listened to for so many years. And then I started to practice that music with all of the practice methods and ideas that he discusses. So, I year later, I now have 3 Bach 2-part inventions in my fingers, plus some Ragtime piece and yes, some of Stair Way to Heaven! I return to Jonathan's book often. His thoughts and approaches truly motivate me.