Peranda, Marco Gioseppe

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Peranda, Marco Gioseppe

Peranda, Marco Gioseppe , important Italian composer; b. Rome or Macerata, e. 1625; d. Dresden, Jan. 12, 1675. He was taken by Christoph Bernhard to Dresden, where he was an alto in the chapel of the heir to the electorate. He sang with the chapel after it was incorporated into the court (1656), then was made vice-Kapellmeister (1661), Kapellmeister (1663), and 1st Hofkapellmeister (1672). Although a Roman Catholic at a Lutheran court, he earned the greatest esteem. He was a distinguished composer of sacred concertos and motets, and influenced many of his German contemporaries.


dramatic: Opera: Dafne (Dresden, Sept. 3, 1671; in collaboration with G.A. Bontempi); Jupiter und Io (Dresden, Jan. 16,1673; in collaboration with Bontempi; only libretto extant). Oratorios: Historia von der Geburt des Herrn Jesu Christi (Dresden, Dec. 25, 1668; not extant); Historia des Leidens und Sterbens unsers Hernn... Jesu Christi nach dem Evangelisten St. Marcum (Dresden, March 20,1668); Il sacrificio de Jefte (Bologna, 1675; only text extant). other: 4 masses; sacred concertos; motets.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kaun/Dennis McIntire