Robert Greenberg

Historian, Composer, Pianist, Speaker, Author

Upcoming Events

See Robert Greenberg in person at these upcoming events:

11.04.2017
9:30am

One Day University – Sacramento

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium 1515 J St Sacramento, CA 95814

One Day University with The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA)

Mozart: the Man, the Musician, and the Myth
Robert Greenberg / UC Berkeley / SF Performances

It is very possible that Johann Christian Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart (1756-1791) was the greatest genius ever born to our species. The most famous child prodigy in history, he developed into an adult prodigy as well, composing music of such technical perfection and ethereal beauty that it seemed not to have come from the pen of a mere mortal.

To explain his seeming inexplicable talent, myths have accumulated that have obscured Mozart the man and distanced us from his music. This session will debunk those myths, introduce Mozart as a real person living in the real world, and examine his music in light of the musical conventions of his time.

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11.11.2017
12:10pm

One Day University – Cleveland

Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Blvd Cleveland, OH 44113

One Day University: 5000 Years of History (Cleveland, OH)

Music as a Mirror of History: 300 Years in 60 Minutes
Robert Greenberg / UC Berkeley / SF Performances

This presentation examines Western music as an artistic phenomenon that mirrors the social, political, spiritual and economic realities of its time. As such, the ongoing changes in musical style evident in Western music during the last millennia are a function of large-scale societal change and are not due to any particular composer’s “creative muse.” Starting with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the intellectual and spiritual climate of the High Baroque (ca. 1720), this program will observe the changes wrought by Enlightenment society on the music of the Classical Era (ca. 1780) as manifested in the work of Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart. This class will observe the impact of the Age of Revolution and Napoleon through a lens provided by the radical and experimental music of Ludwig van Beethoven (ca. 1810).

Other topics to be explored include the nature and conception of “the composer”, Beethoven’s gastro-intestinal problems (not pretty, but relevant), architecture and landscape design in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the applicability of the concept of “music as a mirror” to American popular music of the 1950s and 1960s.

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02.24.2018
12:10pm

One Day University – Minneapolis

Guthrie Theater 818 S 2nd St Minneapolis, MN 55415

One Day University: 5000 Years of History (Minneapolis, MN)

Music as a Mirror of History: 300 Years in 60 Minutes
Robert Greenberg / UC Berkeley / SF Performances

This presentation examines Western music as an artistic phenomenon that mirrors the social, political, spiritual and economic realities of its time. As such, the ongoing changes in musical style evident in Western music during the last millennia are a function of large-scale societal change and are not due to any particular composer’s “creative muse.” Starting with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the intellectual and spiritual climate of the High Baroque (ca. 1720), this program will observe the changes wrought by Enlightenment society on the music of the Classical Era (ca. 1780) as manifested in the work of Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart. This class will observe the impact of the Age of Revolution and Napoleon through a lens provided by the radical and experimental music of Ludwig van Beethoven (ca. 1810).

Other topics to be explored include the nature and conception of “the composer”, Beethoven’s gastro-intestinal problems (not pretty, but relevant), architecture and landscape design in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the applicability of the concept of “music as a mirror” to American popular music of the 1950s and 1960s.

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