The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works : The Great Courses: Fine Arts & Music

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg
  • Series: The Great Courses: Fine Arts & Music
  • 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The piano is the most popular solo concert instrument in Western music. One of the key reasons is the fact that it has inspired many of the greatest masterpieces in the concert repertoire. To study these masterworks and to understand their genius and lasting appeal is to know one of the greatest accomplishments of Western culture, works that give great pleasure even as they deepen your insight into the meaning of music.
The 23 works you'll study are carefully chosen to highlight the most important compositional and pianistic achievements in the solo piano tradition.
These 24 enthralling lectures by Professor Greenberg take you through more than 200 years of piano music. Beginning with the monumental figure of Bach, followed by Mozart and Beethoven, you experience the piano music of such 19th-century masters as Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt, before moving forward to visionary modernists including Scriabin, Debussy, and Prokofiev. Each lecture presents a single work in a fresh, accessible encounter with its musical substance, welcoming listeners new to concert music as well as experienced concert music lovers.
In addition to your study of the music, the lectures treat you to a rich panorama of music history. You dig deeply into the artistic and cultural environments that the compositions reflect, shedding light on what inspired these great works and how they were written. As a third layer of the course, you delve into the fascinating history of the piano itself, uncovering the ways in which the evolution of the instrument directly influenced the music that composers wrote for it.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Great listening.

Wonderful course which I'm only one-third of the way through. I've learnt so much through this enthusiastic exploration of the composers' music. How satisfying it must be to be a music buff. This value for money.
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- Rebecca

Less is more

To much"I" in this audiobook. While the contents of it are good, the performance is just too much. This book is about piano pieces, right? Well then, for the sake of pedagogy, the narrator would do a bit better if he refrained from for example doing an Elmer Fudd voice, referring to Beethoven as one of the "B Boys", throwing in his own cheeky comments every now and then. Which come out "to my ears" contrived, and simply to much. I'm not saying "be super serious" I'm just saying that his sense of humour too often came out cheesy instead of entertaining. (no offence meant, that's just a personal opinion)
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- Jakub

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-09-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses