Monday, April 18, 2005

Happy Birthday to Robert Greenberg

I went to the Classical Composers database this morning to see if any of my favorite composers had a birthday today, and who should I find in today's listing, but Robert Greenberg.

He's the guy who lectures on music for the Teaching Company. He's also a composer, but I think he's probably more well known to us general-public types as a teacher and lecturer. His How to Listen To and Understand Great Music is a highly accessible set of 48 lectures on the history of western music. Most recently, I've been enjoying his "Great Masters" series, my favorite of which (so far) is the set on Robert and Clara Schumann--Their Lives and Music.

Here is info about Greenberg as a composer from the BesenArts website:

Greenberg has composed over forty-five works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Recent performances of his works have taken place in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, England, Ireland, Greece, Italy and The Netherlands, where his Child's Play for String Quartet was performed at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

Greenberg has received numerous honors, including three Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prizes and three Meet-The-Composer Grants. Recent commissions have been received from the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Alexander String Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Strata Ensemble, pianist Robert Helps, and the XTET ensemble. Greenberg is a board member and an artistic director of COMPOSERS, INC., a composers' collective/production organization based in San Francisco. His music is published by Fallen Leaf Press and CPP/Belwin, and is recorded on the Innova label.

I've never heard any of his music. All I know is that he's a great lecturer. And I hope he has a very happy birthday.

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