“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

Recent article about the premiere “Haunted” a new one-act dance opera on a libretto by Dana Gioia as well as the premiere of a setting of Gioia’s “The Ballad of Jesus Ortiz.”


Hear a WVIA interview about those pieces:
To see excerpts from “Haunted” visit this URL on YouTube:


Hear an WVIA interview with Paul about his Song of the Week project:

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): These URLS will get you through the first 16 episodes. Hit 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. Email Paul at paul.salerni@gmail.com if you want to be put on the list for the rest of the episodes.

Something Permanent (song cycle on poems by Cynthia Rylant)


For Love or Money,  song cycle on poems by Dana Gioia



Regimen Sanitatis Salerni, song of advice for a healthy diet

A Bethlehem Carol:





Please read Fanfare review of Touched-Henry Fogel





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