Music: The Roman Group

Since the war, Italy has been proud of its bumper crop of novelists, painters and sculptors. Considering the lively output,* Italians have a right to be. Last week, as a high point in Venice's 13th International Festival of Contemporary Music, Italians listened with expectation to the latest work of three of Italy's younger generation of composers. If festivalgoers thought they would find any one strong new current, they were disappointed. The so-called "Roman Group" in modern Italian music seemed to have as many directions as it had composers:

¶ Mario Peragallo, 40, has adopted...

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