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Johann Peter Salomon in 1792

Music History Monday: Movers and Shakers

February 20th, 2017

Today we celebrate the birth – on February 20, 1749 – of the violinist, composer, and impresario Johann Peter Salomon. His name is relatively unknown today, yet without him the musical legacy of the late eighteenth century would be much the poorer. Let us contemplate, for a moment, the massive, gleaming 6.5-liter engine that powers… 

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George Frideric Handel

Music History Monday: Immigrants and Immigration

February 13th, 2017

On February 13, 1727 – 290 years ago today – the German-born Georg Friedrich Händel applied for British citizenship. Immigrants and immigration. Hot button topics these days, though I would strongly suggest we take the long view here. If there’s one thing both history and biology have taught us is that the richer the gene… 

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Arnold Schoenberg playing a mean game of Ping-Pong

Music History Monday: Can’t We Be Friends?

February 6th, 2017

On February 6, 1944 – 73 years ago today – Arnold Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto received its premiere. It was performed by the pianist Eduard Steuermann and the NBC Symphony conducted by Leopold Stokowski. In his book “Fundamentals of Musical Composition” Schoenberg advised that when working on even the simplest of compositional exercises: “the student should… 

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Frederick The Great and CPE Bach JJ Quantz

Music History Monday: The Best Gig in the World!

January 30th, 2017

We wish a spirited and in all ways happy birthday to the composer and flutist Johann Joachim (J. J.) Quantz, who was born in Oberscheden, Hanover (in what today is central Germany) on January 30, 1697, 320 years ago today. (“You say flutist, and I say flautist …” Actually, I say “flutist” because that’s how… 

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Music History Monday: The Mozart/Clementi Duel

January 23rd, 2017

On January 23, 1752 – 265 years ago today – the composer, harpsichordist, pianist, organist, conductor, teacher, music publisher and editor, and piano manufacturer Muzio Filippo Vincenzo Francesco Clementi was born in Rome. Remembered best today for his six delightful Sonatinas for Piano published as Op. 36, he was, in fact a prodigious composer; his… 

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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”: