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    • 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
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    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

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

    • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Music as a Mirror of History

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
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    In Music as a Mirror of History, Great Courses favorite Professor Greenberg of San Francisco Performances returns with a fascinating and provocative premise: Despite the abstractness and the universality of music - and our habit of listening to it divorced from any historical context - music is a mirror of the historical setting in which it was created. Music carries a rich spectrum of social, cultural, historical, and philosophical information, all grounded in the life and experience of the composer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unique interdisciplinary music-history treatment

    • By Charles J. Bumgardner on 08-06-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 937
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    Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

    • 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

    • 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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    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

    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
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      5 out of 5 stars 268
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    Ludwig van Beethoven is justifiably acclaimed as one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music-a genius once characterized as a "Titan, wrestling with the gods." There is no better way for you to understand the full impact of that description than to not only listen to all nine of his magnificent symphonies, but to do so with a full understanding of what this great composer was saying and the circumstances that drove him up to and beyond what had once been considered the limits of musical expression.

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

    • By Christopher James on 09-23-14

    Regular price: $52.95

    • The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Janet M. Hawn on 04-27-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Chamber Music of Mozart

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
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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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Underrated table music ?

    • By Jiri Sipek on 11-14-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • 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
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      5 out of 5 stars 538
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    To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

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

    • By Kristi R. on 09-18-15

    Regular price: $52.95

    • 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 149
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    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

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Music of Richard Wagner

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Acteon on 10-14-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The String Quartets of Beethoven

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 123
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent series

    • By Sean on 05-15-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Concert Masterworks

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
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    Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?

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

    • By JaneN on 11-09-14

    Regular price: $52.95

    • 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
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 509
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    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. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

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

    • By Paul on 09-23-13

    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
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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

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Concerto

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 154
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than "How to Listen to...Great Music!"

    • By Victoria on 02-02-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • 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
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      5 out of 5 stars 153
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    More than many other composers, Gustav Mahler's works are highly personal expressions of his inner world, a world of overwhelming alienation and loneliness. You'll learn, through both lectures and musical excerpts, how his symphonies are vast repositories of his intellectual, emotional, and spiritual expression that made him the first exponent of Expressionism, the early 20th-century art movement that celebrates inner reality as the only reality - but explored by Mahler using the musical language of the century just ended.

    • 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

    • The Life and Operas of Verdi

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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    The Italians have a word for the sense of dazzling beauty produced by effortless mastery: sprezzatura. And perhaps no cultural form associated with Italy is as steeped in the love of sprezzatura as opera, a genre the Italians invented. No composer has embodied the ideal of sprezzatura as magnificently as Giuseppe Verdi, the gruff, self-described "farmer" from the Po Valley who gave us 28 operas and remains to this day the most popular composer in the genre's 400-year-old history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Viva Verdi!

    • By Paul on 01-30-15

    Regular price: $52.95

    • 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
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      5 out of 5 stars 190
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    Dmitri Shostakovich is without a doubt one of the central composers of the 20th century. Drawing on both the flood of declassified documents from the Soviet Union that began in 1991 and Shostakovich's own extraordinarily frank posthumous reminiscences, Professor Greenberg shows how Shostakovich, who, in the words of a friend, "did not want to rot in a prison or a graveyard" was still unwilling to become a docile instrument of the Soviet regime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Living the Great Terror

    • By Cookie on 08-14-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Symphony

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Super Survey of Symphonies

    • By Richard Gunter on 07-02-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • 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
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      5 out of 5 stars 131
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      5 out of 5 stars 121

    Johannes Brahms was a man of contrasts. His serious Teutonic music was balanced by joyful dance music. His kindness to working people with a biting, malicious wit reserved for those he encountered in artistic and aristocratic circles. Yet you can know this enigmatic genius though this 8-lecture series, which 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

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