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The Life & Times of Beethoven

The First Angry Man
Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
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Our favorite moments from The Life & Times of Beethoven

Lecture 2: A Difficult Childhood
  • Lecture 2: A Difficult Childhood
Beethoven’s misanthropic personality explained by a childhood marked with abuse, illness, and loss.
Lecture 6: The Heroic Decade Begins
  • Lecture 6: The Heroic Decade Begins
A misunderstood Beethoven changes the course of music.
Lecture 7: The Immortal Beloved
  • Lecture 7: The Immortal Beloved
Beethoven falls in love with unattainable women.

  • Lecture 2: A Difficult Childhood
  • Beethoven’s misanthropic personality explained by a childhood marked with abuse, illness, and loss.
  • Lecture 6: The Heroic Decade Begins
  • A misunderstood Beethoven changes the course of music.
  • Lecture 7: The Immortal Beloved
  • Beethoven falls in love with unattainable women.

About the Professor

Dr. Robert Greenberg is Music Historian-in-Residence with San Francisco Performances. A graduate of Princeton University, Professor Greenberg holds a PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley. He has seen his compositions—which include more than 45 works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles—performed all over the world, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands. He has served on the faculties of the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, Hayward; and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts organizations in the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Van Cliburn Foundation, and the Chicago Symphony. For The Great Courses, he has recorded more than 500 lectures on a range of composers and classical music genres. Professor Greenberg is a Steinway Artist. His many other honors include three Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prizes and a Koussevitzky commission from the Library of Congress. He has been profiled in various major publications, including The Wall Street Journal; Inc. magazine; and the London Times.

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WHAT no music????

The description implied that there would be analysis of the music. That is why I purchased this series. 10 minutes in he’s explaining how to buy his CD’s.

I can’t express how disappointed I was.

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An excellent overview of Beethoven's life

The Life and Times of Beethoven is a biography compiled by Prof Robert Greenberg of The Great Courses-fame. As part of the Great Courses you are enticed with an academically well-researched and very interesting course.

However, if you expect music examples, as with most of Prof Greenberg's courses, this course lacks it. It is history, moulded and made interesting. On the upside, while most Great Courses were created as video courses, this course focus on audio presentation. There is no workbook and you can drive and listen.

I highly recommend the course. It is a splendid biography by a heavy weight in Musicology of probably the most famous composer.

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