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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.

©2013 The Great Courses (P)2013 The Teaching Company, LLC

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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Grand & Glorious History

I loved the narrator's "characterizations" helping to make the history come alive. A most fascinating tale of the piano and those composers and pianists who helped develop it into the magnificent instrument it became and still is. A must read for true music appreciation.

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Prof. Greenberg is terrific as always, but!

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Prof. Greenberg is terrific as always, but Great Courses could have used better recordings of the music!

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A great introduction!

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I agree with other reviewers - many of the audio samples are of poor quality, both in performance and in volume. Some of them are played on small pianos that do not do passages justice, or are poorly recorded, or are so quiet you can't hear them at all unless you're sitting somewhere very quiet while listening to this (almost never the case for me). I'd assume that if people are buying this audio book they probably care about sound/music/audio. Please get some better samples. The professor, however, is wonderful!!!! Still definitely worth a listen.

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Magnificently interesting

Robert Greenberg does an amazing job explaining what could be boring material in a very entertaining way. I learned a lot from this series. I am likely to listen to it again. I learned things that have affected my own compositions. I am going through all of his lectures. Some may find him overbearing, but not me. I think he is terrific.

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Excellent and fulfilling course!!

The lecturer's style comes across dramatically, but also knowledgable and profound. Ended up enjoying immensely.

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doesnt disappoint

this installation of the great courses music series is excellent as always. definitely recommend checking this out

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Greenberg Rocks!!

I could listen to Professor Greenberg all day. He brings the composers and subject to life with a good, and at times zany, sense of humor. I am crossing my fingers that he does a lecture on jazz, the blues, and good old Rock and Roll.

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-17-13

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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  • Jacob
  • 09-29-16

Less is more

To much"I" in this audiobook. While the contents of it are good, the performance is just too much. This book is about piano pieces, right? Well then, for the sake of pedagogy, the narrator would do a bit better if he refrained from for example doing an Elmer Fudd voice, referring to Beethoven as one of the "B Boys", throwing in his own cheeky comments every now and then. Which come out "to my ears" contrived, and simply to much. I'm not saying "be super serious" I'm just saying that his sense of humour too often came out cheesy instead of entertaining. (no offence meant, that's just a personal opinion)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Felixstones
  • 12-02-17

Laugh and learn.

I am not qualified to comment on the musical merits of the course. I can't read a note of notation, nor can I play a tune on any instrument. So why listen to it? There are some pieces of piano music that I love above all others and I want to know why they grab me by the short and curlies while others leave me unmoved? I thought I'd start here in quest to understand. The course hasn't answered the question. I didn't expect it to. But I learned way more than I expected to. And I had many good laughs along the way. This is not stodgy music theory. This is education at its best, delivered with passion, humour and a good turn of phrase. I loved it and my understanding of the art is the better for it. Thank you professor.

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  • Florentino Quintero
  • 08-28-17

As usual, Profe, Greenberg did it again!

A passionate subject made easy to understand for non professionals is not and easy task. I enjoyed and learned a lot.