Markus Rathey’s research interests include music of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries, Johann Sebastian Bach, and the relationship among music, religion, and politics during the Enlightenment. He has published several books in English, German, and Japanese, contributed articles to American and German music encyclopedias, and published numerous articles in American, British, and German scholarly journals on music by Bach, Schütz, and their contemporaries. Rathey is President of the American Bach Society (2016-2020) and was president of the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship from 2009 to 2011. He currently serves on the editorial boards of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute and the Yale Journal of Music & Religion.
At the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Rathey teaches courses on music between the sixteenth-century Reformation and the early nineteenth century. The courses explore aspects of compositional technique, style, and source studies, but also often include a wider, interdisciplinary perspective by examining the relationship between religion and the arts. Before joining the Yale faculty, he taught at the University of Mainz and the University of Leipzig and was a research fellow at the Bach-Archiv Leipzig.
Rathey studied musicology, Protestant theology, and German in Bethel and Münster. He received his Ph.D. from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: Music, Theology, Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016); Bach’s Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy (Yale University Press, 2016, Japanese Translation: 2017); Johann Rudolph Ahle (1625–1673): Lebensweg und Schaffen (Eisenach, 1999); an edition of Johann Georg Ahle’s Music Theoretical Writings (Hildesheim, 2007, second edition 2008); Kommunikation und Diskurs: Die Bürgerkapitänsmusiken Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs (Hildesheim, 2009).