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Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

DVD - 2007 | Full screen edition
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For anyone wanting to master music's language, being able to read musical notation is a necessity. But this course, as Professor Greenberg notes, is a basic course, designed to introduce you to music's language in a way that is similar to the way you learned your own native language, by "discovering and exploring musical syntax through our ears-- by learning what the parts of musical speech sound like--rather than what they look like on paper." By sidestepping the necessity to read music, these lectures represent an extremely rare opportunity in musical education--an opportunity to experience a solid introduction to music theory's basics in a way that is not technically intimidating, yet provides a substantial grounding in the fundamentals--Publisher.
Publisher: Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., [2007]
Edition: Full screen edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781598032864
Branch Call Number: DVDN 780.7 G79884G 2007
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 720 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Greenberg, Robert 1954-
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Apr 13, 2017

Dr. Greenberg is great at explaining music. He's in a class with the Leonard Bernstein music-appreciation episodes, memorably on Omnibus in the 1950s, though here with a much-deeper background. If you are seriously into music, this is a must. Even if you have just a typical interest in any form of music, you will come away with an enriched appreciation of your favorites.

ukulele1 Feb 13, 2015

Mr Greenburg does an excellent job of revealing the fundamentals of music without any visuals. He keeps it simple and has a wicked sense of humor.

irenesk18 Mar 12, 2012

It looks like the NYPL only has Part 1 and that Part 2 is not available--that's really too bad! Part 1 is great, but I'd like to be able to see Part 2 also.


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