Giuseppe Matteo Alberti

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Giuseppe Matteo Alberti (born September 20, 1685 in Bologna ; † February 18, 1751 there ) was an Italian composer and violinist of the Baroque .


Giuseppe Alberti studied violin with Carlo Andrea Manzolini (1655–1737) and composition with Pietro Maria Minelli (approx. 1630–1712), Floriano Arresti (1650–1719) and Giacomo Antonio Perti . In 1705 he became a member of the Accademia Filarmonica , from 1709 he was a violinist in the "cappella musicale" at the Basilica of San Petronio . In the period between 1721 and 1746 Alberti was appointed chairman ( principe ) of the Accademia Filarmonica six times . From 1726 until his death he was Kapellmeister of the Church of S. Giovanni in Monte in Bologna and from 1734 deputy Kapellmeister under Giacomo Antonio Perti to S. Domenico.

Alberti's Concerti were particularly successful in England, due to their clear musical form of expression and the technical requirements that were not too high. They are among the first Italian works in which Antonio Vivaldi's direct influence becomes clear, especially in Op. 1 (three-movement structure, ritornello form in the fast external movements, lyrical solo part in the slow movements). The concertos without a solo instrument are reminiscent of the corresponding works by Tomaso Albinoni , the sonatas remain associated with the post- Corelli era.

Works (selection)

43 concertos and symphonies as well as some sonatas and vocal works have been preserved from Alberti's oeuvre.


  • Sonata for 2 violins and B. c. (in: Corona di dodici fiori armonici , Bologna 1706)
  • 10 Concerti per chiesa e per camera op.1 (Bologna 1713)
  • Sonate a violino e basso op.2 (Bologna 1721, reprinted London 1729 as op.3)
  • 12 Symphony a quattro “op. 2 "( Le Cène , Amsterdam 1725)
  • Concerto for 3 violins, viola and B. c. (in: VI Concerti a 5 stromenti , Amsterdam around 1717)
  • Concerto for 2 violins, strings and B. c. (in: Harmonia mundi. The Second Collection , London around 1728)
  • several handwritten concertos, symphonies, etc. a.


  • Longe mala, umbrae, terrores , motet for soprano and strings (no year)
  • Regina coeli for 8 voices (1714)
  • Questo cuor ch'è duro ancora , cantata for alto, strings and bc (Bologna 1719)
  • La vergine annunziata , oratorio (text: Antonio Zaniboni , Bologna 1720)
  • Canzoni spirituali (in: La ricreazione spirituale nella musica delle sagre canzoni , Bologna 1730)


  • Michael Talbot : A Thematic Catalog of the Orchestral Works of Giuseppe Matteo Alberti (1685–1751). In: RMA Research Chronicle , 13 (1976), pp. 1-26.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music , Cambridge, Mass. 1996, p. 11.