“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): These two URLS will get you through the first 11 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


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

Saturday, January 27, 2018. Premiere of chamber ensemble arrangement of Something Permanent. Jessica Bowers, mezzo and SATORI. 7:30 P.M. Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

Saturday, February 10, 2018. Premiere of soprano and piano versions of Something Permanent and Ekphrastic Songs. Yunah Lee, soprano and Karen Na, pianoforte. 7:oo p.m. Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Saturday, February 24, 2018. Performance of Finding One Self and Beyond Words. Bowers/Fader duo. 8 p.m. Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn, NY



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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