Author Biography

Markus Rathey studied musicology, Protestant theology, and German philology in Bethel and Münster, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Münster in 1998. He taught at the University of Mainz and the University of Leipzig, and was a research fellow at the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig before joining the Yale faculty in 2003. At Yale he serves as Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Music History with appointments at the Institute of Sacred Music, the School of Music, the Department of Music, and the Divinity School. His research interests are music of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries; Johann Sebastian Bach; and the relationship among music, religion, and politics during the Enlightenment. Recent publications include Johann Rudolph Ahle (1625–1673): Lebensweg und Schaffen (Eisenach, 1999); an edition of Johann Georg Ahle’s music-theoretical writings (Hildesheim, 2007; 2nd edition 2008); and Kommunikation und Diskurs: Die Bürgerkapitänsmusiken Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs (Hildesheim, 2009). Forthcoming in 2016 are his study of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Oxford University Press) and a book on Bach’s major vocal works (Yale University Press). Professor Rathey has published numerous articles on music by Bach and his contemporaries in scholarly journals such as Eighteenth-Century Music, Early Music History, Bach-Jahrbuch, and Schütz-Jahrbuch. He is vice president of the American Bach Society and past president of the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship (2009–2011). He serves on the editorial boards for BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute and the Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

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