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What would have made Great Music of the 20th Century better?
I have always enjoyed Robert Greenbergs lectures - they are witty and full of information. However this class has no music recordings in it (even ones such as DeBussy which is out of copywrite). In order to properly “enjoy” this I would need to listen to the lecture on my iPod find the non live YouTube url in the downloaded pdf and then type it in on another device. So unless you want to listen to the narrative on an iPod, find the URL on your kindle and the type the URL in your iPad to hear the music you will not fully enjoy these lectures
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I have listened to many of Prof Greenberg's audiobooks, some more than once. Outstanding courses, educational and entertaining. In my view, three elements are primary reason for such great materials that he put together:
- Prof Greenberg is very knowledgeable with hands on experience in a range of music and eras
- Excellent story teller, intertwining social & historical elements with music development
- Inclusion of key and relevant performances/pieces that made his points very clear to follow and fully appreciate details
Inclusion of these performances, created wonderful courses that I was enjoying during my long commutes (driving, train and flight).
During the first lecture of this course, the author indiciated that due to cost of licensing, he has decided not include actual pieces (while he is describing verbally every performance in such a detail). Instead, there is a constant mention of "a URL is included in the materials"
In order to fully benefit from this course, one needs to listen to audiobook, while sitting in front of computer, with constant back and forth, something like:
Play-Pause-go to PDF for URL-UTube-Pause-Play-PDF-...
Without the actual examples included in the audiobook, this is purely a reading of materials by the author and fails to deliver
Imagine listening to his outstanding course titled "How To Listen To And Understand Opera", without great samples included.
What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Include actual pieces/performances (not necessarily the entire piece, just enough that makes the content useful, very similar to previous courses)
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Yes, great professor and excellent topic
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