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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:

Headlines June 16 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Boston: Bromp Treb Busts the Matrix

Neil Young Cloaca is an irrepressible showman. Bromp Treb is an opportunity for him to apply that carnival-barker enthusiasm to a table full of mismatched gear. Cloaca circled the table,...

Headlines May 21 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Boston: Caroline Shaw’s Common Cause

It is a remarkably elevated art that is so incapable of settling down, constantly inspiring its practitioners to use the output of one set of rules as the input for...

Listen May 13 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Sounds Heard: Meredith Monk—Piano Songs

Meredith Monk: Piano Songs, a new compilation performed by Ursula Oppens and Bruce Brubaker, features music that finds expressive possibilities in the act of moderating between extremes. Old and new,...

Headlines April 15 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Boston: Practice Sessions

Keeril Makan’s Letting Time Circle Through Us and Bernard Rands’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (with pianist Jonathan Biss) premiered in Boston.

Headlines April 8 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Beyond the Sea

Matthew Ritchie, currently in the midst of an 18-month stint as the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s artist-in-residence, presented his collaborative piece Monstrance/Remonstrance with an impressive group of collaborators including Shara...

Headlines March 28 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: The Gift of Sound and Vision

Multimedia is a provocative tool to combat conformity, but hardly a foolproof one. Filmmaker/sound artist Ben Russell and musician Robert A. A. Lowe (a.k.a. Lichens) presented a joint show at...

Headlines March 3 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: The Agnosticism of Boston’s Equilibrium Concert Series

The idea that 21st-century new music is stylistically agnostic might be somewhere between a truism and an extrapolation, but Boston's Equilibrium Concert Series actually comes pretty close to that ideal.

Headlines February 18 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Boston Symphony Chamber Players Celebrate 50 Years

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players are celebrating their 50th anniversary with five premieres, nearly doubling the group’s commissioned repertoire all at once. The four new pieces on the February 9...

Headlines January 28 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Three World Premieres in Wildly Disparate Styles

Boston Modern Orchestra Project never seems to run out of juice. It fills a need. It mounts concerts that manage to be both one-stop shopping for the merely curious and...