Robert Greenberg

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Music History Monday: Story Telling

January 16th, 2017

Tomorrow, on January 17, I will release for download the first of what I hope will be many “webcourses”: “Mozart in Vienna” (16 lectures) and “The Music of the Twentieth Century” (18 lectures). With your kind indulgence, I will dedicate the bulk of this post to my philosophy of teaching as encapsulated in two words:… 

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Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet

The Music of the Twentieth Century Preview

January 13th, 2017

Your first official preview of the new Music of the Twentieth Century Webcourse from Robert Greenberg – coming January 17, 2017! Pricing: Audio (MP3) only – $80 Video (MP4) only – $100 Audio + Video – $150 To celebrate the launch on January 17 all formats will be 20% Off through February 1! Course Lectures… 

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Mozart In Vienna Preview!

January 11th, 2017

Your first official preview of the new Mozart In Vienna Webcourse from Robert Greenberg – coming January 17, 2017! Pricing: Audio (MP3) only – $80 Video (MP4) only – $100 Audio + Video – $150 To celebrate the launch on January 17 all formats will be 20% Off through February 1! Table of Contents Trouble… 

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John Knowles Paine

Music History Monday: John Knowles Paine

January 9th, 2017

In the world of concert music, January 9th was a quiet day. The most noteworthy event to fall on this date was the birth – in 1839 and in Portland, Maine – of the American composer and pedant John Knowles Paine. In 1874, at the age of 35, Paine became not just the first Professor… 

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Introducing Web Courses from Robert Greenberg!

January 6th, 2017

A gratuitous though heart-felt description of (and plug for) my soon-to-be-released web courses, “Mozart in Vienna” and “The Music of the Twentieth Century”:

Music History Monday: Mily Balakirev

January 2nd, 2017

A happy 180th birthday to Mily Balakirev, the man who became – virtually – the Tsar of nineteenth century Russian music. More than anyone else, it was Mily Balakirev who postulated and promulgated precisely what Russian nationalist music should be. Balakirev was born in the city of Nizhny Novgorod – which was known as “Gorky”… 

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Music History Monday: Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich

December 27th, 2016

Last week’s “Music History Monday” was about the premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 on December 18, 1962 and the official Soviet silence that greeted that premiere on December 19, 1962. We’re going to stay with Shostakovich this week because on January 21, 2017 the Alexander String Quartet and I are going to begin… 

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Music History Monday: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13

December 19th, 2016

The Premiere That Almost Wasn’t: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 Wednesday, December 19, 1962 was significant for something that didn’t happen. On the day before – Tuesday, December 18, 1962 – Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 received its premiere in Moscow with Kirill Kondrashin conducting the bass soloist Vitali Gromadsky, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and the… 

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Joseph Haydn in 1791

Music History Monday: Beethoven and Haydn

December 12th, 2016

On Wednesday December 12, 1792, 224 years ago today, the nearly 22 year-old Ludwig van Beethoven jotted down an expenditure he had made that day: “Haidn [sic] 8 groschen.” Beethoven had just taken and paid for his first lesson with Joseph Haydn. The 8 groschen came to about 24 cents(!), typical of the token sums… 

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Music History Mondays: Mozart – A Diagnosis

December 5th, 2016

December 5 is an important date in music history. On December 5, 1830 (which was a Sunday) Hector Berlioz’ ground-breaking Symphonie Fantastique received its premiere at a concert that began at 2 P.M. at the Paris Conservatoire, then located on the Rue Bergère – what today is called the Rue de Conservatoire – in the… 

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