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How to Listen to and Understand Opera



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With Professor ROBERT GREENBERG Ph.D.,
of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
one of my favorite teachers!

COST:  $75.99 (retail  $349.95 + SHIPPING)
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I cannot emphasize how much this will enrich your enjoyment of opera.  If you are new to opera, this is the way to begin.  He's a fantastic teacher, and the selections are marvelous.  

Opera has lasted longer than most things on earth.  Come find out why from someone who loves opera and loves to teach.  He's a big Mozart fan, BTW, and he is to teaching what Mozart is to the opera.  

For more than 400 years, opera has been one of the most popular performing arts.  Geniuses - - Monteverdi, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Puccini - - you'll learn about them all, in 24 hours of lectures that are a pleasure to hear. 

Part I: The Full Flower and Its Origins - - first eight lectures are foundational
Part II: The Aria, the Golden Age, Opera Seria, Opera Buffa
Part III: Rossini and Verdi: The Development of French Opera
Part IV: Wagner, Strauss, and German Opera. Russian Opera. Puccini.



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48 lectures of 45 minutes on 24 AUDIOTAPES (CASSETTES)
Taught by

Professor ROBERT GREENBERG Ph.D., San Francisco Conservatory of Music

This course can permanently enrich your life: with Professor Greenberg as your teacher, you will hear and understand an entire language of unmatched beauty, genius, and power.

Why is Concert Music So Powerful?

How can concert music—once it is understood—so move our lives? Professor Greenberg explains in his introductory lecture: "Music—the most abstract and sublime of all the arts—is capable of transmitting an unbelievable amount of expressive, historical, and even philosophical information to us, provided that our antennas are up and pointed in the right direction. A little education goes a long way to vitalizing and rendering relevant a body of music that many feel is beyond their grasp.

"And why should an understanding of concert music be worthwhile anyway? I would suggest a few reasons:

  • The skills one brings to listening to music—imagination; abstract, non-concrete thinking; intuition; and instinctive reaction and trusting those instincts—have gone uncultivated in our educational system and culture for too long.
  • Music, as a universal, non-verbal language, allows us to tap into the social, cultural, and aesthetic traditions of different cultures and historical eras. We become more aware of our shared humanity and the wisdom and vision of others.
  • Music allows us to transcend our own world and partake in utterly different realities.
  • Last, but certainly not least, good music is fun to listen to, relatively inexpensive—we can do it by ourselves or with others—and there are any number of ways to expand our knowledge and appreciation of the art."

What You'll Learn: The Tools, The Times, The Composers, and Their Music

"Grammar:" Professor Greenberg gives you an outstanding grasp of musical forms, techniques, and terms—the "grammatical" elements that make you fluent in the "language" of music. 

"Music, like any pseudo-science, requires an adjectival palette by which we can isolate events that without proper terms we might not even be able to notice. It's an interesting question to what degree language allows us to perceive things that are not language-associated. I'm a strong believer that if you've got the right word to identify something, you can perceive it. I think my favorite pseudo-science when it comes to this kind of thing is wine-tasting, where one has to come up with an adjectival palette that is almost a cartoon unto itself. But silly as these phrases may be—'Oh, this has a hint of young tobacco, and old oak fragrant with raspberries'—silly as these terms are, they allow us to draw distinctions without which we may not be able to draw at all. So we will create a useful vocabulary."

Rich Context: Professor Greenberg teaches the powerful influence of social context on musical creation. Best-selling author James Collins, writing in Inc. magazine, explains: "The Greenberg series combines a history of western civilization with a history of great music from ancient Greece to the 20th century. Greenberg's 48 lectures come alive with passion and knowledge. The course illustrates the interplay between societal change and innovation and offers a unique perspective on the acceleration of change wrought by the 20th century."

Professor Greenberg's lectures show how musical creativity has provided a vibrant means of expression for grand spiritual, intellectual, political, social, and economic forces throughout the history of our civilization.

Whether it's the profound influence of Lutheran spirituality on Bach or the effect of the French Revolution on Beethoven (to give just two examples), you'll see how such forces have swirled through the lives of music's creators and listeners in various historical epochs. You'll also grasp how these forces have stimulated the creation of musical masterpieces that are both transcendent works of art and compositions deeply rooted in their respective eras, telling us something central about the human condition in each one.

The Composers: The course examines the contributions of nearly every major composer. But one of Professor Greenberg's aims is to make their music accessible, and, for this, we must accept that every one of them was human and no more. (He observes at one point that, in English, Giuseppe Verdi would only be "Joe Green.") You will remember their music, and you will never forget the composers, who are brought to life throughout the lectures. 

The Music: Central to this course is great music itself. Using digitally recorded musical passages to illustrate his points, Professor Greenberg will take you inside magnificent compositions by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and more. You have listened to many of the illustrative pieces all your life—you will never hear them the same way again after Professor Greenberg has opened them up. Look at the titles of the lectures in this course to see how much you'll learn.

A Great Teacher

Professor Greenberg holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in music composition in 1984. He has composed more than 45 works and has lectured for many prestigious musical and arts organizations in the United States.

He has received three Nicola De Lorenzo Prizes in composition, and commissions from the Koussevitsky Foundation of The Library of Congress and the Alexander String Quartet, among others.

Course Lecture Titles
  1. Introduction
  2. Sources—The Ancient World and the Early Church
  3. The Middle Ages—Darkness, Change, and Diversity
  4. Introduction to the Renaissance
  5. The Renaissance Mass—Josquin des Prez, Palestrina, and the Counter-Reformation
  6. Secular Music in the Late Renaissance and the Search for Expression—The Madrigal
  7. Introduction to the Baroque
  8. Style Features of Baroque Music and a Brief Tutorial on Pitch, Motive, Melody, and Texture
  9. The Rise of German Nationalism in Music
  10. Fugue
  11. Baroque Opera, Part 1
  12. Baroque Opera, Part 2
  13. Baroque Sacred Music, Part 1—The Oratorio
  14. Baroque Sacred Music, Part 2—The Lutheran Church Cantata
  15. Baroque Instrumental Forms, Part 1—Passacaglia
  16. Baroque Instrumental Forms, Part 2—Ritornello Form and the Baroque Concerto
  17. The Enlightenment and an Introduction to the Classical Era
  18. The Viennese Classical Style, Homophony, and the Cadence
  19. Classical-Era Form—Theme and Variations
  20. Classical-Era Form—Minuet and Trio I-Baroque Antecedents
  21. Classical-Era Form—Minuet and Trio II
  22. Classical-Era Form—Rondo
  23. Classical-Era Form—Sonata-Allegro Form I, Part 1
  24. Classical-Era Form—Sonata-Allegro Form I, Part 2
  25. Classical-Era Form—Sonata-Allegro Form II
  26. Classical-Era Orchestral Genres—The Symphony—Music for Every Person
  27. Classical-Era Orchestral Genres—The Solo Concerto
  28. Classical-Era Opera—The Development of Opera Buffa
  29. Classical-Era Opera—Mozart and the Operatic Ensemble
  30. The French Revolution and an Introduction to Beethoven
  31. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, Part 1
  32. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, Part 2
  33. Introduction to Romanticism
  34. Formal Challenges and Solutions in Early Romantic Music—Miniatures—Lieder and Chopin
  35. Formal Challenges and Solutions in Early Romantic Music—The Program Symphony—Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Part 1
  36. Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Part 2
  37. Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera—Bel Canto Opera
  38. Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera—Giuseppe Verdi
  39. Nineteenth-Century German Opera—Nationalism and Experimentation
  40. Nineteenth-Century German Opera—Richard Wagner
  41. The Concert Overture, Part 1
  42. The Concert Overture, Part 2
  43. Romantic Nationalism—Post-1848 Musical Nationalism
  44. Russian Nationalism
  45. The Early Twentieth Century and the Modernist Movement—An Introduction
  46. Early Twentieth-Century Modernism—The Search for a New Musical Language—Debussy
  47. Early Twentieth-Century Modernism—The Search for a New Musical Language—Stravinsky
  48. Early Twentieth-Century Modernism—The Search for a New Musical Language—Schönberg

This course was used once and in good condition.  Some small black typeset marks on some of course guides, other  than that, like new.  Comes in original clamshells (6) with accompanying course guides (6) and all original audiotapes (24 cassettes) are in good working order.  



COST:  $64.99

Almost-new 24 lesson audiocassette series featuring Prof. Alan Kors of the Univ. of PA. Listened to once in a smoke-free home. 

1. Introduction - Intellectual History & Conceptual Change
2. The Dawn of the 17th Century - Aristotelian Scholasticism
3. The New Vision of Francis Bacon
4. The New Astronomy & Cosmology
5. Descartes's Dream of Perfect Knowledge
6. The Specter of Thomas Hobbes
7. Skepticism & Jansenism - Blaise Pascal
8. Newton's Discovery
9. The Newtonian Revolution
10. John Locke - The Revolution in Knowledge
11. The Lockean Moment
12. Skepticism & Calvinism - Pierre Bayle
13. The Moderns - The Generation of 1680-1715
14. Introduction to Deism
15. The Conflict Between Deism & Christianity
16. Montesquieu & the Problem of Relativism
17. Voltaire - Bringing England to France
18. Bishop Joseph Butler & God's Providence
19. The Skeptical Challenge to Optimism - David Hume
20. The Assault upon Philosophical Optimism - Voltaire
21. The Philosophes - The Triumph of the French Enlightenment
22. Beccaria & Enlightened Reform
23. Rousseau's Dissent
24. Materialism & Naturalism - The Boundaries of the Enlightenment

This is a set of 12 audio tapes and two course booklets in the original clamshell packages.

CHURCHILL from The Learning Company

COST:  $44.99 (regular $89.95)

Making the case that Churchill was the greatest 10th Century leader,  a successful politician and statesman of vision and principle; a military innovator who outpaced his contemporaries in his grasp of the impact of technology on warfare; one of the most successful authors of his day, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature; a painter whose artistic works brought him a considerable income during his life and whose works are still displayed in major museums; and a father who won the devotion of his children.

An almost-new 12, 30-minute lesson audiocassette series Churchill by Prof. J. Rufus Fears, Ph.D., Harvard. Listened to once in a smoke-free home. 

1. Heritage & Destiny
2. Young Churchill
3. On the Empire's Frontier
4. Political Beginnings
5. Churchill & Controversy
6. Post-War Challenges
7. In the Wilderness
8. The Nazi Menace
9. Rallying the Nation
10. The Tide of War Turns
11. Champion of Freedom
12. The Legacy of Churchill



AUGUSTINE:  Philosopher and Saint

COST:  $64.99

Lecture 1:  Church Father
Lecture 2:  Christian Platonist
Lecture 3:  Confessions--The Search for Wisdom
Lecture 4:  Confessions--Love and Tears
Lecture 5:  Confessions--The Road Home
Lecture 6:  Augustine's Career as a Christian Writer
Lecture 7:  Faith, Love and Grace
Lecture 8:  Evil, Free Will, Original Sin, and Predestination
Lecture 9:  Signs and Sacraments
Lecture 10:  The Inner Self
Lecture 11:  The Trinity and the Soul
Lecture 12:  The City of Go