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.

“Tourdion Rendition”

Albumleaf 156: January 30, 2019 (Bologna) Based on the medieval French drinking song.

“Toss-Off”

Albumleaf 155: January 18, 2019 (Bologna) Just swishing out between bigger ‘leaves.

“Loe I have made a Calender . . .”

Loe I haue made a Calender for euery yeare . . And if I marked well the starres reuolution, It shall continewe till the worlds dissolution . . . Goe lyttle Calender, thou hast a free passeporte, Goe but a lowly gate emongste the meaner sorte. Dare not to match thy pype with Tityrus his […]

“The Shepheardes Calender — Januarye”

Albumleaf 154: January 3, 2019 (Bologna) Colin, a shepherd’s boy, bemoans his unrequited love for Rosalind and likens his state to the barren season around him.  Bereft of hope, he breaks his pipe in pieces.

“The Shepheardes Calender — December”

Albumleaf 153: December 17, 2018 (Bologna) Colin likens his life to the passing of the seasons and bids adieu to the world.  

“Leaf in a Mood”

Albumleaf 152: December 6, 2018 (Bologna) As in “Mood Indigo” or “Parker’s Mood.”  That vein kind of.  

“Little Vanishing World 6 (Flowers We Are)”

Albumleaf 151: November 19, 2018 (Bologna) Homage to Kurtág Recurring throughout György Kurtág’s oeuvre is an eight-note melody which has lyrics, though to my knowledge they are never actually sung: “Flowers we are, frail flowers.”  Albumleaf 151 presents a variation of this melody.  Notes 1-5, 10-11, and 14 are Kurtág’s.  The others are mine.  

“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.