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 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.

“The Shepheardes Calender — November”

Albumleaf 150: November 15, 2018 (Bologna) Colin sings of Dido’s death.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — To His Booke”

Albumleaf 149: October 25, 2018 (Bologna) Goe little booke: thy selfe present, As child whose parent is unkent . . . And asked, who thee forth did bring A shepheards swaine saye did thee sing, All as his straying flocke he fedde . . . But if that any aske thy name, Say thou wert […]

“Recitative on an Amen by Verdi”

Albumleaf 148: October 18, 2018 (Bologna) For reference.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — October”

Albumleaf 147: October 15, 2018 (Bologna) Alas, Cuddie, your gift for poetry, given by God, we do not reward. Perhaps you should turn to singing songs of war?

“The Second Horse of Pianoforte Jack”

Albumleaf 146: October 3, 2018 (Bologna) A piano is pretty heavy–even for a horse! A cowboy who plays the piano is already more promising . . . But maybe it would be good if he always carried it near him, on a horse . . . “Pianoforte Jack always travels with two horses–he on the […]

“Cob”

Albumleaf 145: September 27, 2018 (Bologna) Cob is an ancient building material that consists of mud and straw. It’s still used today–and is even ecologically sound and inexpensive. The problem is you have to wait for one layer to dry before putting another on top. So, cob buildings take a long time to construct. This […]

“The Shepheardes Calender — September”

Albumleaf 144: September 20, 2018 (Bologna) Diggon Dauie travels to a far-off land in search of fortune, but finds instead a den of treachery and sin and loses all his sheep.

“Little Vanishing World 5 (Cloud Garden)”

Albumleaf 143: September 11, 2018 (Bologna) Because the world has been clamoring for more atonal miniatures, I’ve decided, after a seven-year hiatus, to return to my Little Vanishing World series.  Buon ascolto!  

“Dorian Rings”

Albumleaf 142: September 5, 2018 (Bologna) Normally I like process music about as much as I liked processed food. But every once in a while, if you fool around with it and don’t follow the directions, it can be okay.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — August”

Albumleaf 141: August 19, 2018 (New York City) Willye convinces Perigot to participate in a singing contest in which Perigot will provide the undersongs to his “roundelay.” Cuddie declares the two shepherds of equal merit and sings a lament by Collin.