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David W Solomons, composer, singer and classical guitarist,
welcomes you to the new streamlined site.

Here you will find:
A comprehensive search facility for scores of all of my compositions and arrangements
My biography
A blog with news of my latest compositions, videos and recordings
dwschorale.com: My recordings of works by other composers
dwsmp3.com: Recordings of my works performed by various musicians
My videos on youtube
The old site (last updated 6 October 2014)

I have been composing since 1969, concentrating on lyrical tonal music and experimenting in various modes (particularly the Dorian and Octatonic).
Some of my work is aimed at good amateur musicians (both instrumental and vocal) but other pieces are quite virtuoso, especially solo works for flute, saxophone and violin which have been written for specific professional musicians.
I have also attempted to fill specific "gaps" in the market, in particular songs for alto (or baritone) voice and classical guitar: back in 1969, I asked my local music shop if they had such works.
When they said that they didn't, I immediately began to remedy the situation, and continue to do so, as you can see from my catalogue!

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The Fruitful Pond

The Fruitful Pond This new CD of my music has been recorded live by various musicians in Costa Rica
- a string quartet and a brass ensemble -
produced and edited by my friend Marco Perez (a.k.a. Freddie Gorra ...).
Marco is now working on refurbishing and repairing musical instruments
and also creating a new recording studio, which will, I hope, be the
birth-place of the second 'Fruitful Pond' CD some time next year.

The CD can be downloaded from
The Fruitful Pond on CDBaby
or
The Fruitful Pond on itunes
and other digital download sites.

The music includes a string quartet variation on La Folia, some rather
more avant garde works than my usual neo-classical style,
such as an atonal version of Twinkle Twinkle in honour of the relegated
former planet Pluto and a picturesque description of a
teenager who is wishing that it is not time to get up yet, with pizzicato comments
illustrating his or her wakeful starts.
Other pieces include
a string quartet version of my Chinese New Year Celebration
a jolly brass quartet version of 'For he"s a jolly good fellow'
and a jazzy brass sextet version of 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'.

Many of these pieces will also appear in video form on Youtube over the next few months,
in the Playlist for the Fruitful Pond.

The first video is already online: Variations on La Folia

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Approaching Reality

Approaching Reality Ten of my orchestral and chamber music pieces were performed this summer by The Ravel Virtual Studios
The sounds are so close to reality that you can believe you are listening to actual instrumentalists.
The CD can be downloaded from
CDBaby
or
itunes
or
Amazon

and there are several also available in video form on this youtube playlist
including exciting versions of Spanish Extravaganza and Love and Death (Variation on the Tristan Chord)


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Financial News

Financial News I"ve just made a successful international transfer using TransferWise (to pay for some recording work for my upcoming CD 'Approaching Reality' - of which more later :-)).
I saved over a hundred pounds compared with the cost of transferring directly through my bank.

This company charges much lower fees than banks themselves (it goes through the banking system of course, but only as a vehicle, because it uses its own branch accounts in each country).

(It also refunds you the relevant amount if the final rate of exchange turns out to be lower that first thought).

They are also very helpful - I was a bit confused on my first go but they were very patient and took me through all the necessary steps..

So, if you want to make an international transfer any time and you want to avoid the exorbitant costs of doing it directly through a bank, it"s definitely worth considering.

Here"s the link if you are interested, or pass it on to anyone else you know who might be interested.
TransferWise

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