William Rothstein is an authority on the theories of Heinrich Schenker and theories of musical rhythm. Other areas of interest include the history of music theory, nineteenth-century opera, and theories of musical form. He is the author of Phrase Rhythm in Tonal Music and coauthor, with Charles Burkhart, of Anthology for Musical Analysis. His articles run the historical gamut from Arcangelo Corelli to Donald Martino, but he works mostly with music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has also written on the relationship of analysis to performance.
Rothstein’s writings have appeared in such journals as Journal of Music Theory, 19th-Century Music (U.S.), Music Analysis (UK), Rivista di analisi e teoria musicale (Italy), Ostinato rigore (France), Quodlibet (Spain), and Tijdschrift voor Muziektheorie (Netherlands), and in books, including Communication in Eighteenth-Century Music; Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata: Contexts of Analysis and Performance; Essays from the Third International Schenker Symposium; Schenker-Traditionen; Engaging Music; and Music Theory in Concept and Practice. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University and previously taught at Amherst College, Oberlin College, and the University of Michigan.