Category Archives: Music History

Book Review: How To Listen To Great Music

How To Listen To Great Music:  A Guide To Its History, Culture, And Heart, by Robert Greenberg As someone who has enjoyed several of the author’s Great Courses on classical music [1], there is obviously much to enjoy here.  While … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part VI

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part VI, taught by Professor Greenberg It would be unfair to be too hard on Professor Greenberg for the way in which this six-part sampling of the music of the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part V

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part V, taught by Professor Robert Greenberg I must admit I have some mixed feelings about this part of the course.  Having enjoyed the first two thirds of the professor’s … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part IV

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part IV, taught by Professor Robert Greenberg At this point the course has moved beyond the halfway to the two-thirds mark, and it is striking to see Greenberg in his … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part II

Great Courses:  How To Listen To And Understand Great Music:  Part II:  The High Baroque, taught by Professor Robert Greenberg One of the pleasures of listening to this series of lectures, which in its entirety goes on for 48 lectures … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part III

Great Courses:  How To Listen To And Understand Great Music:  Part III:  The Classical Era I, taught by Professor Robert Greenberg There is a certain joy in listening to this particular talk about chamber music, a joy that only increases … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part I

Audiobook Review:  Great Courses:  How To Listen To And Understand Great Music:  Part I, taught by Prof. Robert Greenberg Forty-eight lectures of 45 minutes apiece may not be enough time to explain the history of Western music and encourage its … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Charlie Daniels

I’m not gonna lie, I love the smash hit song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” and have enjoyed seeing Charlie Daniels shred strings and bow hairs on his fiddle playing this classic tune of outsmarting the devil.  Yet I … Continue reading

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Half-Life

As someone who is fascinated by one-hit wonders [1], from time to time I ponder the career of Duncan Sheik.  Most people will likely not have any idea who he is, as someone whose only appearance on the pop charts … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Aaliyah

Her career blazed like a meteor in the sky, starting out bright and ending far too soon, and leaving behind a body of work that any artist, much less one who died at the age of 22 in a plane … Continue reading

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