An Award-Winning Master of Genre-Busting Music, Composer-Pianist-Vocalist Peter Saltzman Has Produced Everything From Whimsical One-Minute songs to Brilliant Improvisations to Complex but Accessible Orchestral Scores.

“Imaginative…brilliant”—Chicago Tribune

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The Saltzman Sheet Music Store

The Saltzman Sheet Music Store

Introducing the Saltzman Sheet Music Store

Attention all music enthusiasts! The Saltzman Sheet Music Store is now open for business! As a composer, I have created a vast collection of music over the years, ranging from solo piano to symphonies, pop songs, choral and chamber music, and jazz. Although some of my work has been published by Oxford University Press, most of it has remained unavailable to the public. But that’s about to change.

Gradual Release of Everything

To begin, I am releasing my solo piano music, with examples that cater to players of all levels – beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Today, I am focusing on an exciting collection of 20 intermediate-level pieces called Song Without Words.

Songs Without Words

These pieces have been specially crafted for my students and have been thoroughly tested and refined. I am confident that both children and adults will love playing these highly lyrical and pianistic pieces, while at the same time, learning new piano techniques and musical concepts. Although it is not a method book, each piece includes some text about music, and some of them even include improvisational exercises to extend the music beyond what has been composed.

You can listen to the entire collection, read more about it, and purchase it here. The collection is available in both a beautiful full-color book and digital download format.

More Available, More to Come

All of the other pieces currently available on the site are only available as digital downloads. However, this year, I will be releasing collections of Nocturnes, Blues, and Etudes (all advanced) and various beginner books – all of which will be available in digital and printed formats.

Stay tuned for those, along with some non-piano music coming soon.

Intro to Peter Saltzman

Don’t know where to start? Click for a quick intro to the art of Peter Saltzman…

Dark Blues Landscape

A short, bluesy piano improvisation yields a beautiful dark blue landscape in record time. Jeremy needed to really strategize before going to work in order to paint this, our first representational effort.

The Saltzman Sheet Music Store

Introducing the Saltzman Sheet Music Store Attention all music enthusiasts! The Saltzman Sheet Music Store is now open for business! As a composer, I have created a vast collection of music over the years, ranging from solo piano to symphonies, pop songs, choral and...

Three Sides of A Musical Coin

In this highly accessible solo piano program, I creatively blend three musical traditions—classical, jazz, and pop—into one. Combining my own compositions and well-known works by composers like J.S. Bach, John Coltrane, and John Lennon with stories about the music...

Project 88 Solo Piano Concert

Peter Saltzman Solo Piano Live, Saturday,November 11, 2023, 6:30 pm I am performing a rare solo piano concert as a part of the Project 88 Concert series in Berwyn on  Saturday, November 11, 2023, @ 6:30 PM. Location: 6720 31st Street, Berwyn, IL 60402 (Unity Lutheran...

American Tune: A String Quartet in Four Acts

A Masterpiece from My Middle PeriodBy the time you reach thirty or so, if you have designs on becoming a great composer, you should have pretty much mastered the art. At least, that’s what history tells us. Not to say that you will no longer have anything to say later...

Welcome to 2099!

Below is the trailer for my TV show, 2099, best viewed on a large screen with decent speakers or headphones. The show is called 2099, of course, and it’s a one-hour SciFi Musical Drama. Yes, you read that correctly, SciFi MUSICAL Drama. Everything is sung, spoken, or...

S3-E4: Themes Alive—Musical Structure from One Note!

The moment a theme is stated, it wants to do something. What? Like all lifeforms, it wants to replicate, mutate, transform…become something. That something is musical structure. How we get from a single note to a theme (motif), to a full-blown musical structure (song,...

IOTL S3-E3: The Theme Dream Machine

Three Sides of A Musical Coin In this highly accessible solo piano program, I creatively blend three musical traditions—classical, jazz, and pop—into one. Combining my own compositions and well-known works by composers like J.S. Bach, John Coltrane, and John Lennon...

One Minute Songs Still Trying to Add Up To An Hour

No Time Like the... When I began time-releasing this album of one-minute songs in 2018, I proposed to get it done in a year. Boy was I wrong! 60 0ne-minute songs may seem doable in a year's time—and in fact I completed the writing in primary production for all of them...

Imaginary Dialogues, Part 1: Keith Jarrett

The Musicians in My Head This track comes  from an album is "in the works." I'm still culling through several tracks to not only see what fits, but what fits together collectively. In the meantime... This is to be the first in an ongoing series of "Imaginary Dialogs"...

IOTL S3-E2: The Many Layers of Musical Memory—and Forgetting

Summary  An episode about how listening to music, and performing it, are really acts of thematic memory—and forgetting. And sometimes the forgetting is part of the creative process. Or maybe it's just forgetting. In any case, I take a deep dive into the many layers of...

Musically Novel

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I’ve moved most of my writing to Substack…

Substack, as you may know, is the latest hot platform for writers and while it is far from perfect, it’s a good place for me to park my two primary writing projects (besides the TV show, which doesn’t belong there at all): Blues, Preludes & Feuds and Music For Its Own SakeI could say more, but why not head over there and see what it’s about…

Provocative Podcast

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Improvisations on the Ledge is a podcast about what’s really going on inside the music. For both serious listeners and serious musicians.

“Improvisations on The Ledge is a must for musicians, composers, music fans, artists, and indeed anyone with an interest in and appreciation for organic music and creative expression in their purest forms.”

Rebecca Cullen, Stereo  Stickman

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Deep Music

Jazz? Classical? Pop? Avant-Garde? No, just great music.

All together. Like it’s meant to be!

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“Just Plain Genius

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Imaginary Dialogues, Part 1: Keith Jarrett

Imaginary Dialogues, Part 1: Keith Jarrett

The Musicians in My Head This track comes  from an album is "in the works." I'm still culling through several tracks to not only see what fits, but what fits together collectively. In the meantime... This is to be the first in an ongoing series of "Imaginary Dialogs" albums. The imaginary dialogs are with particular artists who influenced me along the way. All the tracks here are free improvisations, but free with the caveat that I had Keith Jarrett in mind on some level.

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“A Genius Musical Craftsman”

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Painted Piano?

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Introducing Piano Sketches

Watch and listen as painter Jeremy Harrison and pianist Peter Saltzman perform duets—across art forms!

A Pop Arty Abstraction

This trippy Jeremy Harrison painting, improvised on Peter Saltzman’s solo piano improvisation Poppy Asymmetric Bounce, perfectly captures the color and whimsy of the music.

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