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Matthew Guerrieri

Sudbury, MA   

Matthew Guerrieri is a musician and writer whose work explores a wide range of music—classical, jazz, pop, avant-garde and early music, opera and music for dance—in search of surprising connections not just between disparate genres of music, but between music and currents of thought in history, politics, philosophy, and science. He regularly has written about music for the Boston Globe and NewMusicBox, and his articles have also appeared in Vanity Fair, The American Scholar, Playbill, Musical America, and Slate. He is the author of The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). He is currently working on a history of music of the 1950s.

Guerrieri holds degrees in music from DePaul and Boston University, and was a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He lives in Massachusetts.

Articles by Matthew Guerrieri:

NewMusicBox October 10 2018 | By Matthew Guerrieri
“Automation Divine”: Early Computer Music and the Selling of the Cold War

Matthew Guerrieri dives deep into something particular about the early days of computer music in the United States. It got its start, quite literally, in the off-hour downtime of the...

NewMusicBox February 14 2018 | By Matthew Guerrieri
On Empathy

In English, invariably, we listen "to" a piece of music. Never "with" a piece of music. That little rut of syntax conceals a speed bump on what seemingly should be...

NewMusicBox September 21 2016 | By Matthew Guerrieri
A Band Apart: Resident Evil

What does it mean when strangers show up, infiltrate our institutions, assimilate our knowledge, and then leave? Ensemble-in-residence...who does that?

NewMusicBox April 12 2016 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Spreadsheets and Skeptics: a philosophical tale of data and music

Music, at its core, is not a rational art. And yet its creation now necessarily happens within systems and societal frameworks evermore marked off, framed, and otherwise governed by the...

NewMusicBox September 2 2015 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Homage to Captain Swing

A provocative meditation on jazz, Western classical music, and the real power of being able to swing.

NewMusicBox June 24 2015 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Digital to Analog: The Needle and Thread Running Through Technology

A deep-cut exploration of the nature of technology, our relationship with it, and how decisions about it in one place and time shape attitudes in another place and time.

NewMusicBox March 11 2015 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Digital to Analog: Plug and Play

It is the history of music, forever communicating—what, exactly? But forever communicating, nonetheless, even as the message gets hopelessly lost in the translation to music. And it's not a bug;...

NewMusicBox February 4 2015 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Digital to Analog: Poems and Histories

What Andrew Pekler's project and Vicky Chow's recital had in common was that they both prompted consideration of a particular feature of technology: the technology you notice is almost always,...

NewMusicBox December 23 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New Music Boxes: Wring Out the Old

Another exclusive new music-themed crossword created just for NewMusicBox readers! De-stress from the holiday crush and review the year that was...