Giuseppe Matteo Alberti


Born: September 20, 1685; Bologna, Italy   Died: February 18, 1751; Bologna, Italy  
Bolognese composer and violinist Giuseppe Matteo Alberti was a forerunner in introducing Vivaldi's concerto style to Bologna, a city whose orchestral music was still largely under the sway of the Corellian manner. Though Alberti spent his life working for various patrons and musical institutions of his native city, his orchestral music was popular both at home and abroad, especially in England.

Alberti studied the violin with Carlo
Read more Manzolini and counterpoint with Floriano Arresti and Pietro Maria Minelli. He entered the eminent Bolognese music academy Accademia Filarmonica in 1705, becoming its president on six occasions starting with the year 1721. Alberti joined the celebrated orchestra at the Basilica of San Petronio as a violinist in 1709, and according to some sources he became the orchestra's concertmaster. His first published orchestral works appeared in Bologna in 1713, a set of ten concerti per chiesa e per camera, while further instrumental pieces would be published in Amsterdam, London, and Bologna in the following two decades. In 1726, Alberti became maestro di capella of San Giovanni in Monte, a position he maintained for the rest of his life, and served as Perti's deputy maestro di capella at San Domenico. For these religious institutions he wrote cantatas, motets, and at least one oratorio, though very few sacred works by him have been documented and fewer still are extant.

While Alberti's compositions were criticized as being no more than a diluted version of Vivaldi's by music writers in the eighteenth century, his works tempered the influence of the Venetian composer with elements of Bolognese academicism. The popularity of his published music was a reflection of the expressive clarity, concise melodic construction, and technical accessibility of his works. Read less
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  • 1.
    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Liège
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    Vivaldi Concerti And Baroque Trumpet Music / Wallace
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7012 Release Date: 05/02/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Matteo Alberti,  Henry Purcell,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Miller,  John Wallace,  Leslie Pearson,  Andrew Shulman  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Wright,  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Trumpet Music From The Italian Baroque / Wallace
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5017 Release Date: 07/30/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Wallace,  John Miller
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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