Alberti bass


Alberti bass

Alberti bass is a particular kind of accompaniment in music, often used in the Classical era, and sometimes the romantic one. It was named after Domenico Alberti (1710-1740), who used it extensively, although he was not the first to use it.

Alberti bass is a kind of broken chord or arpeggiated accompaniment, where the notes of the chord are presented in the order lowest, highest, middle, highest. This pattern is then repeated.

Alberti bass is usually found in the left hand of pieces for keyboard instruments, especially for Mozart's Piano Pieces. However, it is also found in pieces for other instruments. For example Béla Bartók uses it towards the end of his "String Quartet No. 5".

A well known example of Alberti bass is found at the beginning of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Piano Sonata, K 545":


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  • Alberti bass — /al berr tee bays , ahl ber /, Music. a reiterated broken chord figure used as an accompaniment, esp. in 18th century rococo keyboard music. [1875 80; named after Domenico Alberti (ca. 1710 40), Italian musician] * * * …   Universalium

  • alberti bass — /ælˌbɜti ˈbeɪs/ (say al.bertee bays) noun an 18th century style of left hand piano accompaniment characterised by broken chords …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Alberti-Bässe — Der Alberti Bass ist eine spezielle Art der musikalischen Begleitung, die vor allem in der klassischen Musik Verwendung findet. Benannt ist der Alberti Bass nach seinem Erfinder Domenico Alberti. Es handelt sich um ein Arpeggio, eine gebrochene… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alberti, Domenico — ▪ Italian composer born c. 1710, Venice [Italy] died 1740, Formia or Rome       Venetian composer whose harpsichord sonatas depend heavily on an accompaniment pattern of broken, or arpeggiated, chords known as the Alberti bass.       Alberti… …   Universalium

  • Domenico Alberti — (c. 1710 – 14 October 1740) was an Italian singer, harpsichordist, and composer whose works bridge the Baroque and Classical periods. Alberti was born in Venice and studied music with Antonio Lotti. He wrote operas, songs, and sonatas for… …   Wikipedia


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