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Matthew Guerrieri
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Matthew Guerrieri writes regularly on music for The Boston Globe and NewMusicBox, and his articles have also appeared in Vanity Fair, Playbill, and Slate. He is responsible for the popular classical music blog Soho the Dog. He lives in Framingham, Massachusetts.

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The First Four Notes
Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination
Written by Matthew Guerrieri


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $16.95

A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012
A New Yorker Best Book of the Year
Los Angeles Magazine's #1 Music Book of the Year

This revelatory book of music history examines what is perhaps the best known and most-popular symphony ever written—and its famous four-note opening. Reaching back before Beethoven’s time, Matthew... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The First Four Notes
Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination
Written by Matthew Guerrieri


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95

A unique and revelatory book of music history that examines in great depth what is perhaps the best-known and most-popular symphony ever written and its four-note opening, which has fascinated musicians, historians, and philosophers for the last two hundred years.

Music critic Matthew Guerrieri reaches back before Beethoven’s time to examine... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The First Four Notes
Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination
Written by Matthew Guerrieri


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $12.99

Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.
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