Library talk hits ‘First Four Notes’

Matthew Guerrieri, the Boston Globe music critic, will visit Greenwich Library on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium as part of the [email protected] series to discuss his book The First Four Notes.

In The First Four Notes, Mr. Guerrieri reaches back before the time of legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven to examine what might have influenced him in writing his famed Fifth Symphony and goes forward into our own time to describe the ways in which the Fifth has, in turn, asserted its influence.

Through this, Mr. Guerrieri says he uncovers possible sources in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and certain pre-Revolutionary French symphonies. He reportedly confirms that, contrary to popular belief, Beethoven was not deaf when he wrote the Fifth and traces the Fifth’s influence in China, Russia and the United States to show how it was used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II. Altogether, the book has been called “a fascinating piece of musical detective work” and “a treat for music lovers of every stripe.”

Mr. 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.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at all events through Diane’s Books. The event is 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, visit or contact Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933.

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