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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
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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 treat for ears and heart

    • By S. Mercer on 13-12-13

    Regular price: £56.29

    • The Music of Richard Wagner

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
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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
    • Wagner, the man and the mythos

    • By Mr on 31-01-14

    Regular price: £40.69

    • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
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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
    • Life-Enriching

    • By Stephen on 20-07-15

    Regular price: £49.69

    • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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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
    • Fabulous!

    • By Francis Carpenter on 09-01-17

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Music as a Mirror of History

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughly Enjoyable listening experience

    • By BlueStraggler on 22-06-18

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The most annoying speaker I have ever heard

    • By hfffoman on 29-03-17

    Regular price: £14.09

    • Concert Masterworks

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
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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?

    Regular price: £49.69

    • Great Music of the 20th Century

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg PhD
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
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    The 20th century was a hotbed of musical exploration, innovation, and transformation unlike any other epoch in history. Ranging across the century in its entirety, these 24 lectures present a musical cornucopia of astounding dimensions - a major presentation and exploration of the incredible brilliance and diversity of musical art across a turbulent century. Far more than simply a series of lectures, the program comprises a huge and many-sided resource for discovering the endless riches of 20th-century concert music across the globe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Wonderful Piece of Work

    • By ColonelJames on 20-03-18

    Regular price: £38.49

    • 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
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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
    • Like listening to Woody Allen on Bach!

    • By Fleurie on 26-04-17

    Regular price: £51.29

    • 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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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great listening.

    • By Rebecca on 17-10-13

    Regular price: £40.69

    • The String Quartets of Beethoven

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
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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.

    Regular price: £40.69

    • The Operas of Mozart

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
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    When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791 at the age of just 35, he nonetheless left behind the defining composition in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and above all - opera. Opera was the prestige genre of the era, and the thought of it, Mozart wrote, made him, "beside myself at once." It was a form he loved dearly, depending on it heavily for personal, professional, artistic, and financial reasons of the greatest weight.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not a great course at all!

    • By Mr. Andrew M. Otty on 15-11-14

    Regular price: £40.69

    • The Symphonies of Beethoven

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, as expected.

    • By amazoncustomer on 21-12-17

    Regular price: £49.69

    • The Chamber Music of Mozart

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

    Regular price: £33.89

    • Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
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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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of insight if you want to go deeper

    • By jock on 21-10-15

    Regular price: £40.69

    • The Symphony

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
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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
    • Great way to grasp one of the finest art forms

    • By D. J. Pritchard on 22-09-15

    Regular price: £40.69

    • The Life and Operas of Verdi

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
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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
    • Comprehensive picture of music and society

    • By Zuzana on 27-10-14

    Regular price: £51.29

    • Great Masters: Liszt - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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    More than anyone before him-more than Beethoven, Byron, even the preternatural Paganini-it was Franz Liszt who created one of the most enduring archetypes of the Romantic era: that of the artist "who walks with God and brings down fire from heaven in order to kindle the hearts of humankind." An innovative composer both for his own instrument and on an orchestral scale, Liszt was without a doubt the greatest pianist of his time and perhaps the greatest of all time, stunning even the most jaded critics and listeners everywhere he went with his sheer virtuosity and almost unbelievable musical gifts-even while playing whatever instrument was available in whatever hall he could find during his arduous travels by mail coach throughout Europe. Yet even though his fame and achievement make him one of the most written about composers of the 19th century, musically he remains the least understood. And as for his life, perhaps a good place to begin is with Felix Mendelssohn's observation that Liszt's character was "a continual alternation between scandal and apotheosis." Still-for every lover of music, Liszt remains someone you must understand, and this 8-lecture series is an ideal place to begin your acquaintance with both the man and his music.

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Great Masters: Tchaikovsky - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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    Although we often think of an artist's work as a window into their own inner world, that is not always the case.In the life of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, however, we can see perhaps the closest link to be found anywhere between a creative product and the shifting moods of a turbulent soul, which found its outlet through the glorious music created by the great Russian composer.To know his music, you must know the man, and this fast-moving series of eight lectures from an award-winning composer and accomplished teacher offers an insightful look into both the circumstances of Tchaikovsky's life and the impact that life had on his music.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Curate's Egg

    • By Mike of Alsager on 04-08-17

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Great Masters: Mahler - His Life and Music

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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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
    • Fascinating but too short!

    • By Patrick on 30-06-17

    Regular price: £14.49

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