Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Music History. Professor 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, Leipzig, before joining the Yale faculty in 2003. His primary 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 the books 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). He was guest editor of a volume of the German journal Musik und Kirche (2005) on church music in the United States. Professor Rathey is president of the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship.