Peragallo, Mario, Italian composer; b. Rome, March 25, 1910; d. there, Nov. 23, 1996. He was a student of Casella. In his early works, he followed the line of Italian traditionalism, characterized by modern but euphonious polyphony; later he adopted a radical quasi-dodecaphonic idiom, with frequent reversions to diatonic structures.
dramatic: Opera: Ginevra degli Almieri (Rome, Feb. 13, 1937); Lo stendardo di S. Giorgio (Genoa, 1941); La collina (Venice, 1947); La Gita in campagna (Milan, March 24, 1954); La parrucca dell’imperatore (Spoleto, 1959). orch.:Concerto for Orchestra (1939); 2 piano concertos (1949, 1951); Fantasia (1950); Violin Concerto (1954); Forme sovrapposte (1959); Emircal for Orch. and Tape (1980). chamber: 3 string quartets (1933, 1934, 1937); Vibrazioni for Flute, “Tiptofono,” and Piano (1960); Perclopus, chamber concerto for Clarinet, Wind Quintet, String Quintet, and Tape (1982); piano pieces; organ works. vocal: Choral pieces; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kaun/Dennis McIntire