Paul Salerni’s music “pulses with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and has been described by the New York Times as “impressive” and “playful.” His one-act opera Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast won the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera competition in 2007, and a definitive recording of the opera was released on Naxos in 2010. His second one-act, The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, an adaptation of a Dick Van Dyke TV Show episode, had its premiere in September 2010; both one-acts are published by Theodore Presser. Recent commissions include Philadelphia Brass, Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, Two-Part Invention, Cape Cod Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, SATORI, and FABLES (a ballet for RIOULT). A CD of Salerni’s chamber music (“Touched) was released by Albany Records in January 2015. Salerni is the NEH Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Music at Lehigh University.
LISTEN: For Love or Money
Sophia Burgos, soprano; Domenic Salerni, violin; Miles Salerni, percussion
Paul Salerni, pianoforte; Peter Paulsen, contrabass
For Love or Money is a song cycle on poems by Dana Gioia that crosses the boundaries between classical art song and popular music. The titles of the songs are: Pity the Beautiful, Cold San Francisco, Alley Cat Love Song, and Money. The video was shot during a recording session at Red Rock Studio. There is also an arrangement of this cycle for soprano/tenor, violin, and pianoforte.
If you are interested in finding out more about Paul Salerni’s music please visit his website: www.paulsalerni.com . If you’re interested in materials for the performance of the cycle, please email Domilo Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.