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.

“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.

“Etude (RH 4-5)”

Albumleaf 140: July 31, 2018 (Granville) Had to record this one before my right elbow fell off.  Ravel quote for music geeks.  

“Dormiveglia”

Albumleaf 139: July 22, 2018 (Granville) I’ve got as much swing in me as a Corelli concerto grosso.  But I’ll take those harmonies thank you, jazz. P.S.  In English, the best you can do for the title is “drowsiness.”  

“The Shepheardes Calender — Julye”

Albumleaf 138: July 20, 2018 (Granville) Thomalin in the valley and Morrell on the hill debate the merits of tending their flocks down low or up high.   (Listen closely for the sly fox.)  

“Winding Down After A Big One”

Albumleaf 137: July 5, 2018 (Bologna) Chillaxin’.

“Plier Tree Revisited (Odin at the Spring)”

Albumleaf 136: July 3, 2018 (Bologna) If ever a title required explanation, this is it. Back in November 2012, I began writing an Albumleaf inspired by Mooney Warther’s wooden sculpture “Plier Tree” (pictured below). I quickly became mired in “masterpiece mode,” completing page after page of sketches, throwing away music, starting and restarting, and so […]

“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 […]