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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 January 24 2014 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Fellow Travelers

“Come, then, into the music room,” she said, and I followed her into an apartment finished, without hangings, in wood, with a floor of polished wood. I was prepared for...

Headlines December 23 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: May All Your Christmases Be Weird

Thank baby Jesus for Weirdo Records. And not just for the Monday concert series (called, unsentimentally, “The Series on Mondays”), although the December 16 installment was the occasion for this...

Headlines December 18 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New Music Boxes: Another Year’s Gone By

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

Headlines November 25 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: The Second Hand Unwinds—A 45th Season for Boston Musica Viva

Boston Musica Viva, the city’s oldest new music group, might have been tempted to, say, recapitulate its first program from February 1970. Instead, the year’s concerts are filled with relatively...

Headlines November 18 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Anniversary Waltzes—Kronos @ 40 in Providence

After four decades, Kronos is still a new music group that takes its citizenship in the new music community seriously: show me another ensemble that has given more composers both...

Listen November 12 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Sounds Heard: Alvin Lucier—Orchestra Works

I can’t think of another composer who manages, again and again, to create such an inverse relationship between the bald simplicity of the compositional plan and the crazy richness of...

Headlines November 11 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Celebrating Ned Rorem @ 90 in Boston

New York Festival of Song visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall with a program celebrating Ned Rorem’s 90th birthday. The frame—the tonality, the lyricism, the elegant hedonism—is obvious;...

Listen October 29 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Sounds Heard: Florestan Recital Project—Early Songs of Samuel Barber

One of the more endearingly paradoxical indications of compositional success is that interest gets piqued in music that even the composer had largely forgotten about. Unpublished works, unfinished works, juvenilia—when...

Articles September 27 2013 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Hail to Thee, and Sing Out!

Congratulations! You have made it to the end of Education Week at NewMusicBox. And, as with any educational rite of passage, for your time, trouble, and effort, you deserve that...