Brahms His Life and Music

GREAT MASTERS:  BRAHNS -His Life and Music

8 Lectures
1 Weekly Lecture
45 minutes
Wednesdays at 12:00 A.M.

October 4, 2017 -J.B., We Hardly Knew You!
October 11, 2017 -The Brothels of Hamburg
October 18, 2017 -The Schumanns
October 25, 2017 -The Vagabond Years
November 1, 2017 - Maturity
November 8, 2017 -Mastery
November 15, 2017 -The Tramp of Giants
November 22, 2017 - Farewells
In both his life and his music, Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was a man of contrasts. He composed serious Teutonic music and joyful dance music. He was miserly with himself and exceedingly generous with family and associates. He was kind to working people and known for his biting, malicious wit in artistic and aristocratic social circles.
Not an easy man to know, Brahms destroyed a good deal of his own work and almost all of his lifetime's correspondence, in later years even collecting his letters from friends so that he could consign them to the flames.
This course links the complexities of the man with the electrifying music of the composer through biographical information and musical commentary.

Works you'll hear in the lectures are excerpted from:
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, op. 77 (1878) 
Piano Concerto no. 1 in D Minor, op. 15 (1859) 
A German Requiem, op. 45 (1865) 
Horn Trio in E-flat Major, op. 40 (1865) 
Songs, op. 49, Wiegenlied (Cradle Song) (1868) 
Symphony no. 1 in C Minor, op. 68 (1876)
Symphony no. 2 in D Major, op. 73 (1877) 
Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 83 (1881) 
Symphony no. 3 in F Major, op. 90 (1883) 
Symphony no. 4 in E Minor, op. 98 (1885) 
Quintet for Strings in G Major, op. 111 (1890) 
Waltz, op. 39, no. 15 (1865) 
Quartet for Four Voices and Piano, Neckereien (Teasing), op. 31, no. 2 (1859) 
Serenade in D Major, op. 11 (1858) 
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a (1873) 
String Quartet in C Minor, op. 51, no. 1 (1873) 

Mozart Great Courses

8 Lectures
1 Weekly Lecture
45 minutes
Wednesdays at 12:00 A.M.

November 29, 2017 -Introduction
December 6, 2017 -Leopold and the Grand Tour
December 13, 2017 -Mozart the Composer -The Early Music
December 20, 2017 -Paris
December 27, 2017 -The Flight from Salzburg and Arrival in Vienna
January 3, 2018 -Life in Vienna
January 10, 2018 -Open in Vienna
January - 17, 2018 -The Last Years

He composed his first symphony at the age of 8. His middle name means "loved of God." And Austrian Emperor Joseph II accused his music of having "too many notes." This course is a biographical and musical study of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), who composed more than 600 works of beauty and brilliance in just over 20 years. 

You learn about Mozart's: 

*Journey from youthful prodigy to  posthumous deification 
*Difficult relationship with his father 
*Tours to London and Paris 
*Struggles for a successful career 
*Marriage to Constanze Weber 
*Triumphs and disappointments in    Vienna 
*Relationships with Haydn, *Emperor Joseph II, and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. 

Works you'll hear in the lectures are excerpted from: 
Eine kleine Nachtmusick, K. 525 (1787) 
Don Giovanni, K. 527 (1787) 
Piano Concerto no. 21 in C Major, K. 467 (1785) 
String Quartet in C, K. 465 (Dissonant ) (1785) 
The Magic Flute, K. 620 (1791) 
Serenade in D Major, K. 320 (Posthorn) (1779) 
Così fan tutte, K. 588 (1789) 
Flute Concerto in D, K. 314/320d (1777) 
Piano Concerto no. 18 in B-flat, K. 456 (1785) 
Ein Musikalischer Spass, K. 522 (1787) 
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra, K. 364/320d (1779) 
The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 (1786) 
String Quintet in C Major, K. 515 (1787) 
Symphony no. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 (1788) 
Symphony no. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543 (1788) 
Symphony no. 41 in C Major, K. 551 (Jupiter ) (1788)
Requiem Mass, K. 626 (1791) 

Tchaikovsky Great Cprses

8 Lectures
1 Weekly Lecture
46 minutes
Wednesdays at 12:00 A.M.

January 31, 2018 -Introduction and Early Life
February 7, 2018 -A Career in Music
February 14, 2018 -The First Masterworks
February 21, 2018 -Maturity
February 28, 2018 - Three Women -Tayana, Antonina, and Nadezhda
March 7, 2018 - "My Great Friend"
March 14, 2018 -"A Free Man"
March 21, 2018 -The Last Years, or Don't Drink the Water
The life of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) exhibits as close a link as you will find anywhere between an artist's inner world and the outward products of that artist's creative activity. As a man, Tchaikovsky was defined by and indivisible from his music, which became an outlet for all the shifting moods of his turbulent soul. As Professor Robert Greenberg says, "If Tchaikovsky felt it, it found a way into his music." 
As an artist—and it is worth recalling that he was the first full-time, formally trained, professional composer in Russian history—Tchaikovsky walked a fine and difficult line between his Romantic penchant for expression and the demands of Classical structure. 
This delicate balancing act—between heart and head, emotion and reason, release and control, Russian expressive content and German technique—is a key to his music that you find amply illustrated by Professor Greenberg's musical selections and commentary. 

Works you'll hear in the lectures are excerpted from: 
Symphony no. 1 in G Minor, op. 13 (Winter Daydreams) (1868)
Six Songs, op. 6, no. 6 (None but the Lonely Heart) (1869) 
String Quartet no. 1 in D, op. 11 (1871) 
Symphony no. 2 in C Minor, op. 17 (Little Russian) (1872) 
Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23 (1874) 
String Quartet no. 3 in E-flat Minor, op. 30 (1876) 
Swan Lake, op. 20 (1877) 
Eugene Onegin (1877)
Symphony no. 4 in F Minor, op. 36 (1877)
Serenade for Strings in C Major, op. 48 (1880) 
Symphony no. 6 in B Minor, op. 74 (Pathétique) (1893)
Beethoven Great Courses

8 Lectures
1 Weekly Lecture
45 minutes
Wednesdays at 12:00 A.M.

March 28, 2018 -The Immortal Beloved
April 4, 2018 -What Comes Down Must Go Up, 1813-1815
April 11, 2018 -What Goes Up Must Come Down, 1815
April 18, 2018 -Beethoven and His Nephew, 1815-1819
April 25, 2018 -Beethoven the Pianist
May 2, 2018 -Beethoven the Composer, 1792-1802
May 9, 2018 -The Heroic Ideal
May 16, 2018 -Two Concerts, 1808 and 1824
Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most prolific and inspiring forces in the history of music. With his brilliant compositions and his unique approach to the piano, he changed the face of western concert music forever. After Beethoven nothing could ever be the same again. 
This course by Professor Robert Greenberg is a biographical and musical study of Beethoven . It puts the great musician's life in a social, political, and cultural context. 
First and foremost, it is a biographical study, and includes excerpts from more than a dozen of Beethoven's works.You will learn about Beethoven's: 
Dysfunctional family life and
relationships with his mother, father, paternal grandfather, and brothers 
Musical training, especially his unique approach to the piano 
Appearance and attitude 
Celebrity in music- and piano-crazed Vienna 
Compositional successes including symphonies, piano sonatas, and string quartets, among many others 
Hearing loss and the crisis of 1802 
Delusions and his relationship with his nephew Karl. 

Works you'll hear in the lectures are excerpted from: 
Symphony no. 7 in A Major, op. 92 (1812) 
Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123 (1823) 
Symphony no. 8 in F Major, op. 93 (1812) 
Wellington's Victory , op. 91 (1813) 
Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, op. 106 (1818) 
Piano Sonata in C Major, op. 53 (1804) 
Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 (1805) 
String Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59, no. 1 (1806) 
String Quartet no. 9 in C Major, op. 59, no. 3 (1806) 
Symphony no. 6 in F Major, op. 68 (1808) 
Piano Concerto no. 4 in G Major, op. 58 (1806) 
Symphony no. 5 in C Minor, op. 67 (1808) 
Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, op. 125 (1824) (1893)