“But overall, it is not the craft of composition that stays with the listener, but what I would call the art—the emotional and spiritual content of these genuinely lovely pieces. It is, as Salerni promised, music that sings and dances.” -Henry Fogel, review of “Touched” CD in Fanfare

“His music ‘pulsated with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color.'” -Philadelphia Inquirer

“…impressive was Mr. Salerni’s ‘Bad Pets,’ three playful cabaret songs based on Mr. Gioia’s sly ‘Alley Cat Love Song,’ Mark Doty’s frisky ‘Golden Retrievals’ and Robert Frost’s placid ‘Cow in Apple-Time.'” – The New York Times


Paul discussing The Barber of Seville with his student conductor/accompanists Tae Sakamoto and Cris Frisco

“My passion to write music arises out of a most basic human desire to touch other human beings. I compose because it gives me such pleasure to enable others to laugh, to dance, to feel tender, to be entertained. If music doesn’t communicate to an audience, why write it?”

– Paul Salerni
Read an article about Paul’s Song of the Week:
Follow Paul’s Song of the Week (one art song each week for a year): Here’s week 7’s song and the complete Something Permanent cycle (7 songs in total). His the CC tab if you want to see the words go by or hit See More and scroll down to see the poems in their entirety.

Something Permanent (cycle):


Pity the Beautiful from “For Love or Money,” song cycle on poems by Dana Gioia


Some upcoming events/concerts featuring Salerni’s music in case you’re in these particular areas:

Saturday, November 25: “Land” and “Apartment” from Something Permanent. Bowers/Fader Duo at Taconic Music. 4 p.m. Manchester Community Library, Manchester, VT.

Sunday, December 10: A Bethlehem Carol, Lehigh University Christmas Vespers. 4 and 8 p.m. Packer Chapel, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA



East Winds Paul with his StudentsEast Winds Concert on March 6 featured premieres of commissioned pieces by Paul and three of his former students–Tae Sakamoto, Heather Gilligan, and Mike D’Ambrosio




Please read Fanfare review of Touched-Henry Fogel





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