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The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

Experience the profound joy of landmark creations by Haydn, Beethoven, and others in this survey of orchestral works considered the greatest in Western history.

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s********m
May 5, 2016

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February 2, 2016

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p********m
October 26, 2015
Wow. Another great course by Prof Greenberg. I wish I would have had professors with his knowledge, passion, and energy in college - just makes these lectures fly by and yet be memorable. Be sure to watch "How to Listen to and Understand Classical Music" first. This is somewhat a follow on focused on 30 specific works (not duplicating that class but in a similar style). Really enjoyed his background on the composers and placing these works in context. Then he deconstructed a piece to show why it was a great piece and what the composer was doing which made the piece withstand the test of time (playing key passages himself on piano or playing back a segment from a recording - both very effective). His explanations were in depth enough to give real insights without delving too deep into musical minutia that an interested amateur loses interest. This course got me to go re-listen to classics with a whole new level of appreciation and enjoyment. I enjoyed this so much on greatcoursesplus that I bought the class on audible so I could always have it around for a re-listen.

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