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date: 25 January 2020

Alberti, Johann Friedrichlocked

  • G.B. Sharp

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(b Tönning, Schleswig, Jan 11, 1642; d Merseburg, June 14, 1710). German composer and organist. A versatile man, he studied theology at Rostock, intending to enter the ministry. Dogged by ill-health he read law instead at Leipzig University, concurrently studying music with Werner Fabricius to such good purpose that Duke Christian I of Saxony appointed him organist at his court and at Merseburg Cathedral. Alberti also studied with Vincenzo Albrici. An apoplectic stroke caused paralysis, which incapacitated him for the last 12 years of his life.

Although Alberti apparently wrote much sacred and keyboard music, unfortunately only four chorale compositions survive (they are in various manuscripts, mainly in libraries in Berlin, and they have been included in several modern anthologies of organ music such as Orgelmeister des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, ed. K. Matthaei, Kassel, 1933; 80 Choralvorspiele des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, ed. H. Keller, Leipzig, 1937...

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