Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   William Rothstein (Professor)

Fields of Study:
Music Theory

Degrees and Studies:
Ph.D., Yale University

Biographical Information:
William Rothstein is the author of Phrase Rhythm in Tonal Music, which won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 1990. His publications run the historical gamut from Arcangelo Corelli to Donald Martino, but he works mostly with music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is an authority on the theories of Heinrich Schenker and theories of musical rhythm. His articles have appeared in such journals as 19th-Century Music, Journal of Music Theory, Music Analysis (Britain), Ostinato rigore (France), Quodlibet (Spain), and Tijdschrift voor Muziektheorie (Netherlands), and in books including Chopin Studies, Beethoven Forum 4, Schenker Studies, The Practice of Performance, and Music Theory in Concept and Practice. His principal teachers were Ernst Oster and Allen Forte (theory), Donald Martino (composition), and Theodore Lettvin (piano).

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