AuthorsLive: Music Critic Matthew Guerrieri
Matthew Guerrieri, the Boston Globe music critic, will visit Greenwich Library on Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium as part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series. He will discuss his book The First Four Notes.
In The First Four Notes, Guerrieri reaches back before Beethoven's time to examine what might have influenced him in writing his Fifth Symphony, and forward into our own time to describe the ways in which the Fifth has, in turn, asserted its influence. He uncovers possible sources in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and certain pre-Revolutionary French symphonies. He confirms that, contrary to popular belief, Beethoven was not deaf when he wrote the Fifth. He traces the Fifth's influence in China, Russia and the United States and shows us how it was used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II. Altogether, the book is a fascinating piece of musical detective work - a treat for music lovers of every stripe.
Guerrieri is the creator and writer of the popular classical music blog, Soho the Dog. His articles have also appeared in Vanity Fair, NewMusicBox, Playbill, and Slate.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing at all events through Diane's Books. Free and open to all, but seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.