Bach and the High Baroque (The Great Courses)

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Underappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights in the estimation of generations of music lovers. But what is it about his music that makes it great? Composer and musicologist Robert Greenberg helps you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach’s music and understand his compositional language—whether you’re a devoted admirer […]

How Music and Mathematics Relate (The Great Courses)

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Gain new perspective on two of the greatest achievements of human culture—music and math—and the fascinating connections that will help you more fully appreciate the intricacies of both. Great minds have long sought to understand the relationship between music and mathematics. On the surface, they seem very different. Music delights the senses and can express […]

Music and the Brain (The Great Courses)

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“Patel is a pioneer in investigating music and the brain, and these clear and engaging lectures make the subject exciting and accessible.” -Oliver Sacks Music is an integral part of humanity. Every culture has music, from the largest society to the smallest tribe. Its marvelous range of melodies, themes, and rhythms taps into something universal. […]

Understanding the Fundamentals of Music (The Great Courses)

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We all know that beneath the surface of music, beyond the joy or excitement or even heartache that this beautiful language of sound can stir within us, lies the often mysterious realm of music theory—a complex syntax of structural and instrumental resources that composers may draw on. No matter what kind of music we listen […]