Paul Salerni

Paul SalerniPaul 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: . If you’re interested in materials for the performance of the cycle, please email Domilo Music at

Comments are closed.