Author Archives: R. David Salvage

R. David Salvage is an American pianist and composer who lives in Bologna, Italy. 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 Music Teachers National Association (USA), National Foundation from the Advancement of the Arts, and the Society for New Music, 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.

“The Shepheardes Calender — June”

In this installment, Colin isn’t feeling too summery after Rosalind’s rejection and despite Hobbinol’s entreaties. Albumleaf 135: June 10, 2018 (Bologna)    

“Piano dolce”

Give this one the miss if you can’t handle C-major scales. Albumleaf 134: June 2, 2018 (Bologna)  

James Thurber Speaks

[Short-piece writers] sit on the edge of Literature.  In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats. . . . [Such a writer’s] ears are shut to the ominous rumblings of the dynasties of the world moving toward a cloudier chaos than ever before, but he hears […]

“Liszt Gets in My Head”

I like Liszt–especially the B-minor sonata.  But when tunes get stuck in your head? Not so much. Albumleaf 133: May 26, 2018 (Bologna)  

“The Shepheardes Calender — Maye”

Say you’re a tender little goat in a poem by Edmund Spenser, and a stranger comes knocking at your door asking for charity.  Do you open? Albumleaf 132: May 15, 2018 (Bologna)  

“Tocchi”

Didn’t set out to write one this week, but I got sick of looking at a computer screen. Albumleaf 131: May 4, 2018 (Bologna)  

“Leaf in the Wind”

Fast and pretty. Enjoy! Albumleaf 130: April 27, 2018 (Bologna)  

“Slow Mozart”

Stick with it: the title doesn’t give it all away. Albumleaf 129: April 19, 2018 (Bologna)  

“Spat”

Run for cover. Albumleaf 128: April 12, 2018 (Bologna)  

Beethoven: Sonata op. 110. I. Moderato cantabile

Since most Beethoven is served overcooked, I thought I’d offer some raw. I wish I could take back a few moments, but I think it’s in good shape. (I’m dipping my toes back into performing in the coming months.) In any case, I haven’t posted any rep in years, and doing so was always part […]