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How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart by Robert Greenberg

How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and HeartHow to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart by Robert Greenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listen to The Teaching Company’s Great Courses on my commutes and with the exception of one on Native American Peoples to start this year, the rest have been concert music oriented. Greenberg has a ten artist series on the lives and music of great masters and the one I am finishing now, of the same title as this. It’s a 48 lecture companion course and I highly recommend listening to it in parallel to reading this (he has more…I have them queued). Greenberg is energetic, entertaining and eminently knowledgeable. I can’t begin to capture here even a fraction of the breadth he covers. There is depth, to be sure, but Greenberg masterfully surveys the monumental repertoire of modern western music from ancient Greece (yes! they’ve managed to reconstruct a couple of pieces from stele and pottery!) through medieval times through Baroque, Classical, Beethoven (per Greenberg, he sort of is in his own category), Romanticism and early 20th century modern composition. Continue reading

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