Music: Heart, Soul and Dollar with Robert Greenberg speaking at the 2007 Chautauqua Institution Summer Program.
Music: Heart, Soul and Dollar Music hath charms to soothe the beast - or unleash it. Music is integral to identity in culture and society, from our most primitive expressions to the iPod. We will explore cross-cultural music trends and examine how music affects learning and creativity, contributes to economy, and connects performer and audience- Chautauqua Institution
Robert Greenberg is a composer, musicologist, and teacher who has lectured extensively across North America and Europe on topics such as the chamber music of Mozart; understanding great concert works; the life and operas of Verdi; and the concerto and the symphony. Currently, he is music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, the cityâ€™s premier presenter of chamber music, instrumental and vocal recitals, jazz, and contemporary dance, where he has lectured and performed since 1994. He is also the resident composer and music historian to National Public Radioâ€™s â€œWeekend All Things Considered.â€
Dr. Greenberg has composed more than 40 works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Among other honors, he was been awarded three Nicola De Lorenzo Prizes in composition, three Meet the Composer grants, and commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress, and the Alexander String Quartet.
He has served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley, California State University at Hayward, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he chaired the Department of Music History and Literature and served as the Director of the Adult Extension Division.
Dr. Greenberg earned his B.A. in music from Princeton University, and earned a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California at Berkeley.
Art concerned with combining vocal or instrumental sounds for beauty of form or emotional expression, usually according to cultural standards of rhythm, melody, and, in most Western music, harmony. Music most often implies sounds with distinct pitches that are arranged into melodies and organized into patterns of rhythm and metre. The melody will usually be in a certain key or mode, and in Western music it will often suggest harmony that may be made explicit as accompanying chords or counterpoint. Music is an art that, in one guise or another, permeates every human society. It is used for such varied social purposes as ritual, worship, coordination of movement, communication, and entertainment.
Robert Greenberg is not only a great teacher of music but a great teacher. Period. His stand-up teaching method is really among the best. I became a fan instantly after viewing his Teaching Company music lectures. I hope he does something for the History of Film Music as well. I wish him a very long life.