Robert Greenberg

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Music History Monday: Story Telling

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: “story telling”. It is a teaching philosophy that has been forty years in the making. (My first classroom-teaching gig was at an all-girls private high school in Pottersville, New Jersey called the Purnell School in 1977. I learned more that year – about teaching, about girls/women, and about myself – than in any five-year period before or since. It’s a story I will tell, but not today!) Before moving on, let us – with unfortunate rapidity – put some date sensitive info on the table. On this day in 1728, the Italian opera composer Niccoló Piccinni was born in the southern Italian city of Bari. On this day in 1739, George Frederick Handel’s oratorio “Saul” received its premiere at the Haymarket Theater in ye merrye-olde London. On this day in 1864, the scoundrel Anton Felix Schindler died in Frankfurt am Main. From 1822 to 1825, […]

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The Music of the Twentieth Century Preview

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 The Twentieth Century: We need No Longer be Afraid! (41:14) Setting the Table and Parsing Out Blame: France, Germany and Claude Debussy (37:05) Claude Debussy and the French Language in Musical ACTION (42:17) Russia and Igor Stravinsky (39:58) The Rite of Spring (38:13) Arnold Schoenberg (38:09) The Emancipation of Melody! (39:17) The Second Viennese School (34:56) The “New” Classicism (39:47) Schoenberg and the Twelve-Tone Method (39:18) Synthesis and Nationalism: Béla Bartók (38:19) America’s Gift (50:49) The World Turned Upside Down (41:01) Music, Electronics, and European Ultraserialism (49:05) For Every Action an Equal Reaction (36:44) California (39:02) Rock Around The Clock (46:55) Post-Modernism: The New Tonality and Eclecticism (49:46)

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Mozart In Vienna Preview!

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 in Paris Featured work: String Quartet in G Major, K. 387 (1782) Length: 36.13 Free at Last! Featured work: String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421 (1783) Length: 38.30 Mozart and Haydn Featured work: String Quartet in E-flat major, K. 428 (1783) Length: 37.42 Mozart as a Modern Composer Featured work: String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458 (1784) Length: 39.21 In a Place of His Own Featured work: String Quartet in A Major, K. 464 (1785) Length: 31.51 Dissonance Featured work: String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonant” (1785) Length: 36.34 Innovation! Featured work: Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478 (1785) Length: 37.04 The Wolfgang and Leopold Show Featured work: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493 (1786) Length: 31.36 At the Top of His Game Featured work: String Quartet in D Major, K. 499 “Hoffmeister” (1786) Length: 34.06 Unusual and Irregular […]

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Introducing Web Courses from Robert Greenberg!

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”:

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Announcing New Courses!

A drum roll (okay; perhaps just an onion roll): announcing the upcoming releases of my latest Great Courses survey and my first webcast courses, what I will now refer to as “webcourses”. It’s been a year since I announced my intention to begin self-publishing such webcourses; I have now completed writing two of them. The first is “Mozart in Vienna”, a 16-part course that deals with the last 10 years of Mozart’s tragically short life, from 1781 to 1791. Featuring Mozart’s chamber music for strings, the webcourse focuses on Mozart’s day-to-day life and his amazing compositional development during his years as a resident of Vienna. While there is some overlap with the repertoire covered in my The Great Courses/Teaching Company course “The Chamber Music of Mozart” (recorded back in 2004), “Mozart in Vienna” is considerably less technical than the aforementioned Great Courses survey and explores many works I’ve never before examined, including Mozart’s last four string quartets: the so-called “Hoffmeister” Quartet and the three “Prussian” Quartets. The second webcourse is one I’ve wanted to create for many, many years: an 18-part survey entitled “The Music of the Twentieth Century”. The “music” to which the title refers is primarily concert music, […]

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