“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
Follow Paul’s Song of the Week (one art song each week for a year): Here’s week 1’s song:

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


Friday, October 13, 2017 :  Premieres by the Bowers/Fader duo Finding One Self, a song cycle on poems by David Ferry, and Beyond Words, a song for mezzo playing percussion and electric guitar on a poem by Kevin Young. 8 p.m at the Tenri Cultural Institute 43 W. 13th St. New York, New York. Tickets available at the door.






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 check out YouTube videos of  the four songs from “For Love or Money” (poems by Dana Gioia): 

Please read Fanfare review of Touched-Henry Fogel

Click here to see ‘Bad Pets’ from Jan Opalach’s Faculty Recital at the Eastman School of Music




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