Robert Greenberg


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in Brooklyn, NY, The United States
April 18, 1954

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Robert M. Greenberg is an American composer, pianist and musicologist. He has composed more than 50 works for a variety of instruments and voices, and has recorded a number of lecture series on music history and music appreciation for The Teaching Company.

Greenberg earned a B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and received a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on the faculties of UC Berkeley, Californiz State University, East Bay, and the San Franciso Conservatory of Music, where he was chairman of the Department of Music History and Literature as well as Director of the Adult Extension Division. Dr. Greenberg is currently Music Historian-in-residence with San Francisco
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How to Listen to and Unders...

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Music as a Mirror of History

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How to Listen to Great Musi...

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How to Listen to and Unders...

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The 30 Greatest Orchestral ...

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Beethoven - His Life and Music

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Great Masters: Mozart: His ...

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Understanding the Fundament...

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Bach and the High Baroque

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A Brief History of Holiday ...

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“Along the way [Mozart] got married; fathered seven children (two of whom survived into adulthood); performed as a pianist; violinist; and conductor; maintained a successful teaching studio; wrote thousands of letters; traveled widely; attended the theater religiously; played cards, billiards, and bocce; and rode horseback for exercise. Not bad for someone portrayed as a giggling idiot in the movies.”
Robert Greenberg, How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

“Dido, heartbroken, decides to do what any operatic heroine would do at such a moment: sing an aria, then kill herself.”
Robert Greenberg, How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

“When we hear a Mozart piano concerto today, we're most likely to hear the piano part played on a modern concert grand. In the hands of a professional pianist, such a piano can bury the strings and the winds and hold its own against the brass. But Mozart wasn't composing for a nine-foot-long, thousand-pound piano; he was composing for a five-and-a-half-foot-long, hundred-and-fifty-pound piano built from balsa wood and dental floss.”
Robert Greenberg, How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

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