Author Archives: R. David Salvage

R. David Salvage is an American pianist and composer who lives in Bologna, Italy. His music has been called “elegant [and] smartly realized” (Sequenza21) and “refreshingly eclectic” (American Record Guide). He has composed for film, orchestra, chorus, and a wide variety of ensembles and has concertized both as a soloist and accompanist. His music has won prizes from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Society for New Music (USA), and the Music Teachers National Association and has earned him residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florence Program) and the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France. He was one of the first pianists selected to participate in the prestigious Perlman Music Program in the 1990s. He has studied piano with Peter Takàcs, Miyoko Lotto, and Hung-Kuan Chen. His composition teachers include Richard Danielpour, David Lewin, and Jeff Nichols. He holds degrees from Harvard, Manhattan School of Music, and the City University of New York. Before moving abroad, he taught college in the United States for ten years. The author of Getting Back to Music: A Dialogue about Music Appreciation, he is married with two children and spends way too much time reading.

“Linea Meridiana” LIVE

Albumleaf 65: July 25, 2011 (Bologna) Alliance Française, Bologna, May 24, 2019

The Star Spangled Banner

For at least the third year in a row, I am not in my home country for the Fourth of July. Both this year and last the plan was to be in Granville, Ohio, for the carnival downtown and for the fireworks and flag waving. But fate finds us stuck in Bologna for another few […]

“Maye”

Live audio from the world premiere of The Shepheardes Calender. May 15, 2019, Harold Acton Library, British Institute of Florence Poetry: Edmund Spenser Original Music, Piano: R. David Salvage Narrator, Film: Andrea Argentieri

“Boschereccia n. 1 — Palazzo Hercolani”

Albumleaf 161: June 5, 2019 (Bologna) The first of three projected ‘leaves about rooms in Bologna where the walls and ceilings are painted to make it seem like you’re outside in a garden or forest This one comes from Palazzo Hercolani’s sala boschereccia, which is a particularly echo-y space. The music starts as a hallucination […]

“The Shepheardes Calender — Aprill”

Albumleaf 160: April 4, 2019 (Bologna) To demonstrate the absent Colin’s skill in song, Hobbinol, who loves him, sings Collin’s lay for Eliza, the queen of shepherds.

ANTEPRIMA: Novembre

With English subtitles

PREVIEW: Julye

Con sottotitoli in italiano

“The Shepheardes Calender — March”

Albumleaf 159: March 6, 2019 (Bologna) Thomalin explains to Willye how he knows that Cupid is afoot, even though the spring has not quite arrived.

“La marionetta goffa”

Albumleaf 158: February 21, 2019 (Bologna) “The Awkward Marionette”

“The Shepheardes Calender — Februarie”

Albumleaf 157: February 12, 2019 (Bologna) Cuddie, a herdsman’s boy, and Thenot, an old shepherd, argue the merits of youth and old age in coping with the winter cold.