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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.

NewMusicBox Articles

Articles 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...

Articles 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...

Articles 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?

See more of Matthew Guerrieri's articles on NewMusicBox.