Heinrich Schenker ranks among the most important figures in the development of western music theory in the twentieth century. His approach to the analysis of music permeates nearly every aspect of the field and continues to this day to be a topic of great interest among music theorists, historians, composers and performers. In his four volume work, Die letzen Sonaten von Beethoven: Kritische Ausgabe mit Einfuhrung und Erlauterung (The Last Pia Sonatas by Beethoven: Critical edition with Introduction and Commentary) Schenker presented editions of Beethoven's Opp. 109, 110, 111 and 101 that were, at the time, unprecedented in their faithfulness to such authoritative sources as Beethoven's autograph manuscripts. He included a movement-by-movement and section-by-section discussion of form and content that grew increasingly penetrating from one volume to the next as the musical theory for which he is w kwn was developed, alongside inspired and detailed suggestions for the performance of e
A native of the Ozarks, Rothgeb was born in West Plains, Mo. His first involvement with music was childhood piano lessons. As an undergraduate at Northwestern University he played trombone in concert band, orchestra, and wind ensembles. His interest then turned to graduate study at Yale and a career in music theory.