Composer. Teacher. Vocalist. Conductor. Musician.

Muncie composer Salvatore A. LoCascio is an active tenor, conductor and composer based out of the Muncie, Indiana area. He frequently writes for a variety of mediums. Some examples include: Songs of William Blake for voice and piano, Sonata P.H. for piano, Magnificat for choir and organ, a flute sonata, award winning Massa Brassa for euphonium, an opera scene from “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and Bene for viola and recorded viola choir. In 2014 Bene was selected for performance at the 2014 SCI conference. His recent choral work The Good Shepherd won the 2014 Georgia Young Composer's Festival. Excerpts from Other Love Songs can also be found on the Region V student mixtape.

More information can been found at his website: salvatorelocascio.com

Compositions

Votre Valse tres gras



Ceci n'est pas une pipe - This is not a pipe. This sentence, along with the painting associated with these words, describes one of my aesthetically favorite eras in history. Besides being an earnest lover of absurdism and da-da, early 20th century music (particularly French) has a way of both tickling my ear and keeping my attention intellectually. 20th century music is, to me at least, a highly intellectualized period. One must think to understand the absurdity and paradoxical nature of it. France in particular was consumed with "light music" charged with the incredible importance of being "truly French." So, on one hand you have something completely nonsensical and on the other, a confusing lie in order to justify the complex truth. Art of this period is not high art- it is absurd, vulgar, rich, exciting and entertaining. At the same time, it is high art because people find so much importance in it. Additionally, the thought-power put behind makign something so "mundane" is truly awe-inspiring. In my humble attempts to capture this aesthetic, Votre Valse is a collective set of paradoxes. There is no waltz in the piece whatsoever. Additionally, while it's labeled "very fat," the piece is usuall y quite abrupt. The only thing I can stress is: while the work appears to be quite rich and complex, enjoy the music. Allow the melodies to be melodies, the conversations between the two parts to happen. As unusual as this work my appear on the surface, if you simply accept it for what it is, "seriously light music," it will (I hope, at least) communicate on its own terms and both entertain and take you somewhere you weren't expecting to artistically explore.


"Black" from Other Love Songs


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Taken from the Song Cycle's Premiere: Being the first serious cycle I've tackled in over a year, my first cycle attacking something political/current trend, and first cycle discussing a topic regarding love, the Other Love Songs is a psycholological study of love (particularly from a LGBT viewpoint) using poetry written by famous poets who happened to be Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual. Rather than focusing on sexuality, each point in the cycle focuses on love and can be interpreted as a simple collection of love poetry. Each poem views a different aspect of love, including love of oneself and how each person person perceives love from others and from "The Divine." The cycle also heavily reuses material and frequently quotes historical styles and other composers. For example: "Black" is written in the style of a lute song and later stylistically quotes Peter Warlock.


"Time" from Other Love Songs



Bene for Viola and Electronic Recording