A TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2012A New Yorker Best Book of the YearLos Angeles Magazine's #1 Music Book of the YearThis revelatory book of music history examines what is perhaps the best kwn and most-popular symphony ever written and its famous four-te opening. Reaching back before Beethoven s time, Matthew Guerrieri uncovers premonitions of the opening tes in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and the music of the French Revolution. He discusses the Fifth s impact when it premiered, tracing the artistic, philosophical, and political reverberations across Europe to China, Russia, and the United States, from Romanticism to ring tones, from propaganda to pop. This fascinating piece of musical detective work is a treat for music lovers of every stripe.
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.