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Symphonies of Beethoven

See how Beethoven revolutionized musical composition and created works of unique beauty, power, and depth through the history and analysis of Beethoven's nine symphonies.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This course is not only for the beginner, but also for the very advanced using the very extensive guidebook (306 pages!)
Date published: 2022-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Course I've Encountered! When I look at the prices of the courses offered here, I think of them in 2 categories: the real prices -- the prices as they are during a sale -- and the "fake prices" listing the courses at hundreds of dollars. For this course alone, though, I would be willing to pay in the hundreds for it packs that much value. Here are the highlights: - Robert Greenberg is a fabulous presenter. He does not sound at all like he's reading from a teleprompter -- he gets truly passionate and lively at times, then he sounds very approachable and down-to-earth, then he throws in some funny, amusing remarks. - He combines information about the life of Beethoven, his musical approach, the construction of a particular passage in a symphonic movement, comparisons between different musical passages (sometimes from different composers), and quotations from Beethoven's contemporaries and musical critics to create a rich, varied listening experience. - The information he offers is fascinating in itself but he brings everything to life with vivid stories and absolutely entrancing tidbits of trivia. In fact, even though I bought the audio version of the course, which I listened to during my travels up and down California, I will be purchasing the video version as well. I simply need to see this guy in action!
Date published: 2022-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An educational extravaganza! My 91 year old stepfather and I have enjoyed learning about the mindset of Beethoven and how to appreciate his music more than ever!
Date published: 2021-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from don’t miss this opportunity this is a marvellous and very special course. having someone lead you step by step through the most famous symphonies in the repertoire is a rare privilege. it’s also unfailingly illuminating, because there’s so much to discover in any work by beethoven, and professor greenberg is a masterful guide to those hidden depths. he unveils so many ingenious, scarcely perceptible details that virtually every movement of every symphony is a revelation. there is simply no dead zone here: every symphony is fascinating, rewarding, and—quite apart from all the cleverness—a sheer pleasure. even though the course contains 32 lectures, it still felt rushed. we have to skim over or hurry past a great deal, and given how much we actually do cover, that’s saying something. trust robert greenberg to make 32 lectures seem like a breezy overview. now because beethoven’s symphonies stretch across the breadth of his working life, in the process of discussing them all, we also get a fairly comprehensive biography of beethoven himself. beethoven’s lived life is a striking contrast to the brilliance of his music, and prof. greenberg presents him warts and all. a particular highlight here might be the revelation of the identity of the “immortal beloved, but beethoven’s entire biography is engaging, if not necessarily an inspiration. this course isn’t as polished as some of professor greenberg’s later series, but it honestly doesn’t suffer for it. the awkward breaks between lectures simply make you feel like you’re in an actual classroom, where the material often doesn’t fit tidily within a pre-determined time period. the sound quality of the music is also a little rudimentary, but it’s no matter. you will certainly have your own recordings of the complete symphonies to enjoy at your leisure. overall i found this course to be a very precious experience. if you have any interest in beethoven at all, this course is an absolute must.
Date published: 2021-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very High Marx! I'm a history buff and not a musician...I know nothing about the intricacies of composition, harmonies or meters . I don't know an E sharp from an F flat. I think that Billy Joel and Chico Marx are the finest piano players...ever...mostly because they're fun and know their craft. However, after reading a brief biography of Beethoven I decided to try to 'get into' his music...I did like his 5th Symphony, after all. Enter Robert (Bob) Greenberg and The Great Courses "The Symphonies of Beethoven". Bob's high energy lecture style, wealth and depth of information, along with his wonderful ability to break down Beethoven's complex musical works into really complicated explanations left my head spinning. Yep, it was over my head...but wonderfully so! But I took my time and used my smart speaker to call up every symphony (they are all great...except maybe the 1st). I've spent hours trying to understand Bob's musical dissection...even admiring his piano abilities (he's no Chico, but he's pretty good). Miraculously, I learned something. I'm still not an expert, but rather a novice with a clue. Ok, brief impressions: I thought “Wellington’s Victory" was pretty good (Bob hated it...it sorta reminded me of Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" which was also about 1814 and happened is some pissant, backwater country...Bob's words, not mine), and Symphonies #8 & 9 are just magnificent...better that #5. The 9th in particular gives me the feeling that I could be a pretty good conductor...but not as good as Chico! Highly recommended (you will be humbled!) Sale/coupon!
Date published: 2021-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dynamic! I have been totally engaged with this course. I have learned a great deal and enjoyed it immensely.
Date published: 2021-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Symphonies of Beethoven I'm not sure if I am more impressed with Beethoven's symphonies or Professor Greenberg's articulate and insightful lectures. Ok, I think even Dr. Greenberg would say Beethoven's works are superior, but because his lectures are so informative and enjoyable, it makes for an amazing experience. Each time I listen to his lectures on Beehoven's symphonies, I learn more and gain a greater understanding of the music and genius of the composer. Thanks to the Teaching Company for the music of Beethoven, Mozart, and all the great composers I am now learning about from the Great Courses!!
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just finished the course I'm an amateur classical music aficionado. I track the age of courses and know this is an old one. This one was terrific. I can't describe how much I learned about music that I've loved my entire lifetime. Prof Greenberg is a character and lectures in a fun, expressive way. Then brings us back to the hard tack of the music: design, format, different motif's, musical structure. And, as he emphasizes in the 9th, Beethoven didn't follow convention. He broke through the existing conventions and created new. If anyone questions whether this course is "worth it" - no doubt - take this course. Major or minor symphonies - what an incredible explanation on how to enjoy and experience these great works. I thought it was great in the last lecture how Prof Greenberg apologized for interrupting the works as he explained them - then told us to go back and listen to the pieces without interruption. I did - right away. I heard new phrase and appreciated parts I'd neve heard before. Robert - thank you for your lively, informative, and appreciative course. I'm already budgeting time to go back and listen to individual lectures!
Date published: 2020-10-18
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Overview

Almost since their creation, Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies-each one pathbreaking and stunning-have formed the cornerstone of orchestral literature. Viewed from the unique vantage point that Professor Robert Greenberg offers, "The Nine" bear witness to Beethoven's artistic brilliance as well as the profound and continuing influence of his achievements.

About

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.

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Symphonies of Beethoven

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Beethoven and the Heroic Style, I

01: Beethoven and the Heroic Style, I

Lectures 1 through 4 introduce Beethoven the man and his musical development up to the premiere of Symphony no. 6 in 1808. We look at his early life, historical circumstances, and the musical style that influenced his development. We follow his move to Vienna, his studies with Haydn, his thoughts on Napoleon, and the premiere of the Eroica Symphony. His hearing loss is examined as the catalyst of ...

47 min
Beethoven and the Heroic Style, II

02: Beethoven and the Heroic Style, II

Lectures 1 through 4 introduce Beethoven the man and his musical development up to the premiere of Symphony no. 6 in 1808. We look at his early life, historical circumstances, and the musical style that influenced his development. We follow his move to Vienna, his studies with Haydn, his thoughts on Napoleon, and the premiere of the Eroica Symphony. His hearing loss is examined as the catalyst of ...

46 min
Beethoven and the Heroic Style, III

03: Beethoven and the Heroic Style, III

Lectures 1 through 4 introduce Beethoven the man and his musical development up to the premiere of Symphony no. 6 in 1808. We look at his early life, historical circumstances, and the musical style that influenced his development. We follow his move to Vienna, his studies with Haydn, his thoughts on Napoleon, and the premiere of the Eroica Symphony. His hearing loss is examined as the catalyst of ...

45 min
Beethoven and the Heroic Style, IV

04: Beethoven and the Heroic Style, IV

Lectures 1 through 4 introduce Beethoven the man and his musical development up to the premiere of Symphony no. 6 in 1808. We look at his early life, historical circumstances, and the musical style that influenced his development. We follow his move to Vienna, his studies with Haydn, his thoughts on Napoleon, and the premiere of the Eroica Symphony. His hearing loss is examined as the catalyst of ...

46 min
Symphony No. 1-Beethoven as Classicist-Tradition and Innovation, I

05: Symphony No. 1-Beethoven as Classicist-Tradition and Innovation, I

Lectures 5 and 6 examine the "new path" that Beethoven began with his first symphony. We see his innovations in the context of contemporary events. Symphony no. 1, Beethoven's great Classical symphony, is analyzed along with the musical style and the major musical forms of the Classical era....

47 min
Symphony No. 1-Beethoven as Classicist-Tradition and Innovation, II

06: Symphony No. 1-Beethoven as Classicist-Tradition and Innovation, II

Lectures 5 and 6 examine the "new path" that Beethoven began with his first symphony. We see his innovations in the context of contemporary events. Symphony no. 1, Beethoven's great Classical symphony, is analyzed along with the musical style and the major musical forms of the Classical era....

45 min
Symphony No. 2-Beethoven at the Edge, I

07: Symphony No. 2-Beethoven at the Edge, I

Lectures 7 and 8 analyze Symphony no. 2 of 1802. We see how this symphony heralded a heroic style that Beethoven fully realized in Symphony no. 3. Also discussed is the Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter he wrote about his personal crisis as he realized he was going deaf. We consider how Beethoven's development as a composer was affected by his fight with deafness....

46 min
Symphony No. 2-Beethoven at the Edge, II

08: Symphony No. 2-Beethoven at the Edge, II

Lectures 7 and 8 analyze Symphony no. 2 of 1802. We see how this symphony heralded a heroic style that Beethoven fully realized in Symphony no. 3. Also discussed is the Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter he wrote about his personal crisis as he realized he was going deaf. We consider how Beethoven's development as a composer was affected by his fight with deafness....

45 min
Symphony No. 3-The

09: Symphony No. 3-The "New Path"-Heroism and Self-Expression, I

Lectures 9 through 12 focus on Symphony no. 3, the Eroica Symphony. This key work in Beethoven's compositional revolution resulted from his crisis of going deaf. Beethoven's struggle with his disability raised him to a new level of creativity. Symphony no. 3 parallels his heroic battle with and ultimate triumph over adversity. The symphony's debt to Napoleon is discussed before an analysis....

46 min
Symphony No. 3-The

10: Symphony No. 3-The "New Path" -Heroism and Self-Expression, II

Lectures 9 through 12 focus on Symphony no. 3, the Eroica Symphony. This key work in Beethoven's compositional revolution resulted from his crisis of going deaf. Beethoven's struggle with his disability raised him to a new level of creativity. Symphony no. 3 parallels his heroic battle with and ultimate triumph over adversity. The symphony's debt to Napoleon is discussed before an analysis....

45 min
Symphony No. 3-The

11: Symphony No. 3-The "New Path"-Heroism and Self-Expression, III

Lectures 9 through 12 focus on Symphony no. 3, the Eroica Symphony. This key work in Beethoven's compositional revolution resulted from his crisis of going deaf. Beethoven's struggle with his disability raised him to a new level of creativity. Symphony no. 3 parallels his heroic battle with and ultimate triumph over adversity. The symphony's debt to Napoleon is discussed before an analysis....

46 min
Symphony No. 3-The

12: Symphony No. 3-The "New Path"-Heroism and Self-Expression, IV

Lectures 9 through 12 focus on Symphony no. 3, the Eroica Symphony. This key work in Beethoven's compositional revolution resulted from his crisis of going deaf. Beethoven's struggle with his disability raised him to a new level of creativity. Symphony no. 3 parallels his heroic battle with and ultimate triumph over adversity. The symphony's debt to Napoleon is discussed before an analysis....

46 min
Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, I

13: Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, I

Lectures 13 through 16 examine Symphony no. 4 in historical context and in its relationship to opera buffa. Symphony no. 4 is the most infrequently heard of his symphonies. We see how it represents a return to a Classical structure. Its framework is filled with iconoclastic rhythms, harmonies, and characteristic motivic developments that mark it as a product of Beethoven's post-Eroica period....

45 min
Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, II

14: Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, II

Lectures 13 through 16 examine Symphony no. 4 in historical context and in its relationship to opera buffa. Symphony no. 4 is the most infrequently heard of his symphonies. We see how it represents a return to a Classical structure. Its framework is filled with iconoclastic rhythms, harmonies, and characteristic motivic developments that mark it as a product of Beethoven's post-Eroica period....

45 min
Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, III

15: Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, III

Lectures 13 through 16 examine Symphony no. 4 in historical context and in its relationship to opera buffa. Symphony no. 4 is the most infrequently heard of his symphonies. We see how it represents a return to a Classical structure. Its framework is filled with iconoclastic rhythms, harmonies, and characteristic motivic developments that mark it as a product of Beethoven's post-Eroica period....

46 min
Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, IV

16: Symphony No. 4-Consolidation of the New Aesthetic, IV

Lectures 13 through 16 examine Symphony no. 4 in historical context and in its relationship to opera buffa. Symphony no. 4 is the most infrequently heard of his symphonies. We see how it represents a return to a Classical structure. Its framework is filled with iconoclastic rhythms, harmonies, and characteristic motivic developments that mark it as a product of Beethoven's post-Eroica period....

45 min
Symphony No. 5-The Expressive Ideal Fully Formed, I

17: Symphony No. 5-The Expressive Ideal Fully Formed, I

Lectures 17 through 19 focus on Symphony no. 5 with references to its disastrous 1808 premiere and an in-depth analysis of the score. Beethoven is revealed as an extraordinary and unprecedented master of the art of developing entire movements from small, seemingly inconsequential motives. Symphony no. 5 also shows him to have a revolutionary concept of rhythm as a narrative element and a key facto...

45 min
Symphony No. 5-The Expressive Ideal Fully Formed, II

18: Symphony No. 5-The Expressive Ideal Fully Formed, II

Lectures 17 through 19 focus on Symphony no. 5 with references to its disastrous 1808 premiere and an in-depth analysis of the score. Beethoven is revealed as an extraordinary and unprecedented master of the art of developing entire movements from small, seemingly inconsequential motives. Symphony no. 5 also shows him to have a revolutionary concept of rhythm as a narrative element and a key facto...

46 min
Symphony No. 5-The Expressive Ideal Fully Formed, III

19: Symphony No. 5-The Expressive Ideal Fully Formed, III

Lectures 17 through 19 focus on Symphony no. 5 with references to its disastrous 1808 premiere and an in-depth analysis of the score. Beethoven is revealed as an extraordinary and unprecedented master of the art of developing entire movements from small, seemingly inconsequential motives. Symphony no. 5 also shows him to have a revolutionary concept of rhythm as a narrative element and a key facto...

45 min
Symphony No. 6-The Symphony as Program, I

20: Symphony No. 6-The Symphony as Program, I

Lectures 20 through 22 discuss Symphony no. 6 as an example of pure expression, representative of Beethoven's love of nature and the countryside. We see how Beethoven elevated program music to heights it had not previously enjoyed, presaging the Romantic era's love affair with the genre. We examine how Symphony no. 6 is as different from Symphonies no. 5 and 7 as night from day....

46 min
Symphony No. 6-The Symphony as Program, II

21: Symphony No. 6-The Symphony as Program, II

Lectures 20 through 22 discuss Symphony no. 6 as an example of pure expression, representative of Beethoven's love of nature and the countryside. We see how Beethoven elevated program music to heights it had not previously enjoyed, presaging the Romantic era's love affair with the genre. We examine how Symphony no. 6 is as different from Symphonies no. 5 and 7 as night from day....

42 min
Symphony No. 6-The Symphony as Program, III

22: Symphony No. 6-The Symphony as Program, III

Lectures 20 through 22 discuss Symphony no. 6 as an example of pure expression, representative of Beethoven's love of nature and the countryside. We see how Beethoven elevated program music to heights it had not previously enjoyed, presaging the Romantic era's love affair with the genre. We examine how Symphony no. 6 is as different from Symphonies no. 5 and 7 as night from day....

47 min
Symphony No. 7-The Symphony as Dance, I

23: Symphony No. 7-The Symphony as Dance, I

Lectures 23 and 24 discuss Beethoven's Symphony no. 7 with references to the historical and personal events surrounding its composition. The essence of the symphony is seen to be the power of rhythm, and originality is seen to be an important artistic goal for Beethoven....

46 min
Symphony No. 7-The Symphony as Dance, II

24: Symphony No. 7-The Symphony as Dance, II

Lectures 23 and 24 discuss Beethoven's Symphony no. 7 with references to the historical and personal events surrounding its composition. The essence of the symphony is seen to be the power of rhythm, and originality is seen to be an important artistic goal for Beethoven....

47 min
Symphony No. 8-Homage to Classicism, I

25: Symphony No. 8-Homage to Classicism, I

Lectures 25 through 27 discuss Beethoven's Symphony no. 8 of 1814, and refer to the personal and political events that affected Beethoven's life. We learn how Symphony no. 8, reminiscent of the Classical style, is a "modern" work, full of Beethoven's personality. Other topics discussed include the "Immortal Beloved" affair, Beethoven's deteriorating health, Napoleon's demise, W...

45 min
Symphony No. 8-Homage to Classicism, II

26: Symphony No. 8-Homage to Classicism, II

Lectures 25 through 27 discuss Beethoven's Symphony no. 8 of 1814, and refer to the personal and political events that affected Beethoven's life. We learn how Symphony no. 8, reminiscent of the Classical style, is a "modern" work, full of Beethoven's personality. Other topics discussed include the "Immortal Beloved" affair, Beethoven's deteriorating health, Napoleon's demise, W...

45 min
Symphony No. 8-Homage to Classicism, III

27: Symphony No. 8-Homage to Classicism, III

Lectures 25 through 27 discuss Beethoven's Symphony no. 8 of 1814, and refer to the personal and political events that affected Beethoven's life. We learn how Symphony no. 8, reminiscent of the Classical style, is a "modern" work, full of Beethoven's personality. Other topics discussed include the "Immortal Beloved" affair, Beethoven's deteriorating health, Napoleon's demise, W...

46 min
Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, I

28: Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, I

The last five lectures are devoted to Symphony no. 9, the most influential Western musical composition of the 19th century and the most influential symphony ever written. We see how this work obliterated distinctions between the instrumental symphony and dramatic vocal works such as opera. Also discussed are Beethoven's fall from public favor in 1815, his disastrous relationship with his nephew Ka...

45 min
Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, II

29: Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, II

The last five lectures are devoted to Symphony no. 9, the most influential Western musical composition of the 19th century and the most influential symphony ever written. We see how this work obliterated distinctions between the instrumental symphony and dramatic vocal works such as opera. Also discussed are Beethoven's fall from public favor in 1815, his disastrous relationship with his nephew Ka...

45 min
Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, III

30: Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, III

The last five lectures are devoted to Symphony no. 9, the most influential Western musical composition of the 19th century and the most influential symphony ever written. We see how this work obliterated distinctions between the instrumental symphony and dramatic vocal works such as opera. Also discussed are Beethoven's fall from public favor in 1815, his disastrous relationship with his nephew Ka...

46 min
Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, IV

31: Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, IV

The last five lectures are devoted to Symphony no. 9, the most influential Western musical composition of the 19th century and the most influential symphony ever written. We see how this work obliterated distinctions between the instrumental symphony and dramatic vocal works such as opera. Also discussed are Beethoven's fall from public favor in 1815, his disastrous relationship with his nephew Ka...

45 min
Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, V

32: Symphony No. 9-The Symphony as the World, V

The last five lectures are devoted to Symphony no. 9, the most influential Western musical composition of the 19th century and the most influential symphony ever written. We see how this work obliterated distinctions between the instrumental symphony and dramatic vocal works such as opera. Also discussed are Beethoven's fall from public favor in 1815, his disastrous relationship with his nephew Ka...

46 min