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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 August 2 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Output and Gain

Amplification, it turns out, is a fine line, and the amplification of this particular concert left me in the position of feeling critical towards a program on which, paradoxically, I...

Listen July 24 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Sounds Heard: John Luther Adams—songbirdsongs

There’s a tension between the natural world songbirdsongs is meant to evoke and the artificial means of the evocation that gives the music an interesting texture. Lovely things happen in...

Headlines June 28 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: The Long, Long Trailer

The 2012 Iditarod, as the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice finale has come to be called, clocked in at more than eleven hours—the longest since I’ve been going. In...

Articles June 6 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
The Plight of the Page Turner

Turning pages might seem like an almost desultorily simple task. It is not. It is a skill, and a surprisingly delicate one at that.

Headlines June 4 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Space Is the Place

A rare performance of Grisey’s Le Noir de l’Étoile: a work that is big, challenging, logistically elaborate, and best suited to a context where it can reign as the event...

Headlines May 17 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Yard Work

Harvard University is inextricably associated with the Boston Area, yet is also just a bit oblique to it, like a secular Vatican City maintaining its sovereignty within a Hub version...

Headlines April 26 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
New England’s Prospect: Echolocation

The April 22 concert of music by Burr Van Nostrand in New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall didn’t include any explanation as to why Nostrand hadn’t composed any music since the...

Headlines April 18 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Over and Over

The thing with canons, there's always a catch.

Headlines March 20 2012 | By Matthew Guerrieri
Pay or Play

"It's my new school of radical anti-art music!"