Pere Alberch Vila

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Pere Alberch Vila (in Catalan language Pere Alberc i Vila) (1517–1582) was a Catalan Renaissance composer and organist.[1] He was born Pere Alberc i Ferrament at Vic in 1517; the nickname i Vila comes from a more notable branch of his family.[2]

Alberch trained in the Cathedral of Vic and later, between 1534 and 1536, in Valencia with his uncle Pere Vila. He there would have met other musicians working in the court of the Duke of Calabria, such as Mateo Flecha and Bartomeu Càrceres. From 1536 until his death, Alberch was organist at the Cathedral of Barcelona, and famed throughout Europe.[3] He died in Barcelona.


Alberch's works include:

  • A book of tientos for organ.
  • 2 surviving ensaladas:
    • [wikisource:es:El bon jorn El bon jorn] (timing 11'50)
    • La Lucha (timing 8'29)
  • Madrigals, published in Barcelona in 1561.

His book of madrigals marked the first use of the term by a Spanish composer. They were based on the texts of Pere Serafí and Ausiàs March, among others.



  1. ^ Sadie, Stanley, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; Volume 1 1980, p. 205
  2. ^ Josep Cabré booklet notes in Las Ensaladas Praga 1581, K617 2009
  3. ^ Martorell, O. & Valls, M. Síntesi històrica de la música catalana. 1985, Els llibres de la frontera, Ed. Hogar del Libro. p35 ISBN 84-85709-42-X