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Concert Masterworks

Gain a new level of listening sophistication as you learn to open your ears to a composer's creative intentions.
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Overview

This course examines eight great concert masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Liszt. You explore the life, times, personality, and stylistic assumptions of the composers and analyze each composition's form, themes, thematic relationships, and expressive content. You will also discuss the impact on musical development of the Enlightenment aesthetic ideal, nationalism, Beethoven's heroic style, the Romantic Era, and more. Many musical excerpts are included.

About

Robert Greenberg
Robert Greenberg

For thousands of years cultures have celebrated themselves through their music. Let us always be willing and able to join that celebration by listening as carefully as we can to what, through music, we have to say to one another.

INSTITUTION

San Francisco Performances

Dr. Robert Greenberg is Music Historian-in-Residence with San Francisco Performances. A graduate of Princeton University, Professor Greenberg holds a Ph.D. 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.

https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/robert-greenberg

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Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, I

01: Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, I

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

48 min
Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, II

02: Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, II

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

48 min
Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, III

03: Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, III

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

46 min
Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, IV

04: Mozart-Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, IV

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

47 min
Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, I

05: Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, I

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

47 min
Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, II

06: Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, II

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

47 min
Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, III

07: Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, III

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

46 min
Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, IV

08: Beethoven-Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, IV

In Lectures 1-8, Professor Robert Greenberg discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25 in C Major, written in 1786; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73, of 1809: the Emperor Concerto....

47 min
Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, I

09: Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, I

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

44 min
Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, II

10: Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, II

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

48 min
Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, III

11: Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, III

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

46 min
Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, IV

12: Dvorak-Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, IV

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

47 min
Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, I

13: Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, I

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

47 min
Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, II

14: Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, II

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

47 min
Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, III

15: Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, III

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

46 min
Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, IV

16: Strauss-Death and Transfiguration, IV

In Lectures 9-16, the featured works are Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 in E Minor, op. 95, the New World Symphony, of 1893; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, written in 1889....

47 min
Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, I

17: Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, I

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878....

44 min
Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, II

18: Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, II

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878....

47 min
Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, III

19: Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, III

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878....

47 min
Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, IV

20: Beethoven-Violin Concerto in D Major, IV

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878....

47 min
Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, I

21: Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, I

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878....

46 min
Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, II

22: Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, II

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878.

46 min
Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, III

23: Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, III

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878....

47 min
Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, IV

24: Brahms-Violin Concerto in D Major, IV

In Lectures 17-24 the two masterworks described are Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61, of 1806; and Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77, of 1878.

46 min
Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, I

25: Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, I

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849....

47 min
Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, II

26: Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, II

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849....

42 min
Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, III

27: Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, III

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849....

44 min
Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, IV

28: Mendelssohn-Incidental Music and Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, IV

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849....

44 min
Liszt-Totentanz, I

29: Liszt-Totentanz, I

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849.

47 min
Liszt-Totentanz, II

30: Liszt-Totentanz, II

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849....

46 min
Liszt-Totentanz, III

31: Liszt-Totentanz, III

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849....

45 min
Liszt-Totentanz, IV

32: Liszt-Totentanz, IV

In Lectures 25-32 you will learn about three masterworks: Medelssohn's Incidental Music, op. 61 of 1842; his overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 21, of 1826; and Franz Liszt's Totentanz of 1849....

46 min