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 with catalogues for each instrument

I have been composing since 1969, concentrating on lyrical tonal music - particularly chamber music and vocal 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!

One of the most impressive performances of my chamber music in recent times has been the
Freilach for flute trio - a Jewish dance which has been performed at various flute celebrations throughout California and New York.

The Composer's Choir in New York have recorded many of my choral pieces
including this beautiful interpretation of my setting of Panis Angelicus

Going beyond chamber music, I am now writing for larger forces, including choirs and orchestras and there have been many professional performances of these as well.

Possibly the best recent performance of these has been the
Mass for choir and orchestra which was recorded in Budapest (at the studios of Hungarian Radio)
under the expert leadership of Zoltan Pad.

As I look at concert programmes and listen to the recordings of the many performances of my chamber music, it seems that California, New York and Florida are taking the lead,
but musicians in many other American states and in other countries such as Romania, Latvia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, and, of course, my own United Kingdom are now including my works in their repertoire.


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My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home for wind, brass and timpani

This is based on a popular song about an English Lord and warrior from Renaissance times on his return from a victorious battle.
John Dowland wrote a lute duet based on the tune, which is perhaps the most well known version.
Several centuries later, I wrote this version for wind, brass and timpani.
The performance is by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra under P├ęter Pejtsek.

The score is available at Sheetmusicplus

O Virgo Virginum for next Advent

At the request of our rector I composed an anthem for Advent. The poem is by Malcolm Guite (Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge) and is based on
the 8th O Antiphon of Advent.

O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be?
For neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after.
Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me?
The thing which ye behold is a divine mystery.

This video provides an electronic preview of the music, while we await live performances near the end of 2017.
Some who know my music may well recognise the origin of the melody....
The Score is available at Sheetmusicplus