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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.
Concert Masterworks is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 48.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dynamic presentation Professor Greenberg does a fantastic job of taking us through the concertos he has selected. He explains what the maestro is trying to convey through the music. It's a very good course for someone, like me, who is getting introduced to great classical music.
Date published: 2021-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from informative & enjoyable Prof Greenberg's enthusiasm for the course is obvious & contagious. He provides a lot of background & history, putting the music & the composers in the right context.
Date published: 2021-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from concert masterworks As a customer for over a decade, I have found each and every course to be at the highest academic and instructional level. I, myself, have taught (music) at the college level for over 25 years, and it is still a delight to see new approaches to a topic and to teaching. The Great Courses hires the "BEST" teachers. Content is extremely well conceived. Visuals and other teaching aids are well-chosen. Materials provided (books, transcripts) are always very helpful. I highly recommend the Great Courses!!!
Date published: 2021-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally...music taught with clarity, and humor! thoroughly enjoying The Great Courses "Concert Masterworks" by Prof. Robert Greenberg. I've always enjoyed classical music to listen to but Prof. Greenberg bring it ALIVE! He opens it note by note, measure by measure with intensity and even some humor all the while showing you the amazing craftsmanship of the composer. He is the kind of person I would greatly like to have over to discuss music history over dinner and a bottle of wine!
Date published: 2021-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Way to learn more about Great Music Greenburg is the best lecturer that The Teaching Company has. My favorite part of this course was the series of lectures on Dvorvak's 9th Symphony, one of my favorites. Listen to it as it is much more enjoyable in audio format than video.
Date published: 2020-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course! Professor Greenberg's enthusiasm is contagious! Learned a lot.
Date published: 2020-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps my interest all the way through This is the third course by him that I’ve taken. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from new works! I enjoyed the study of the works I know well and a few new ones!!
Date published: 2020-07-19
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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.

You can find more music content from Robert Greenberg on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/RobertGreenbergMusic.

By This Professor

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Music as a Mirror of History
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Symphonies of Beethoven
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The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
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How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition
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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