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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 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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Quick! We have but a second - for flute quartet

Lovely performance by the Philadephia Flute Quartet of my arrangement of Stanford"s Glee "Quick! We have but a second"


Score (for 2 flutes alto flute and bass flute) available at:
Sheetmusicplus

Score (for 4 flutes) available at:
Sheetmusicplus
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A Cassandre - Mignonne, allons voir si la rose ...

The poem A Cassandre by Pierre de Ronsard, as translated into English by my father,
has resulted in several versions since the day I set it to music.
I originally set it for voice and guitar:
On Youtube (with me singing in English)

I then used my melody for a solo bassoon at the request of Franck Leblois, with my Dad reciting the poem
On Youtube (in English)
On Youtube (in French)

I then also used the same melody for a solo flute with my Dad reciting the poem
On Youtube (in English)
On Youtube (in French)






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Spem in Alium (40 part motet) for orchestra

Having sung alto in choirs 1, 3 and 6 of the 40 part motet Spem in Alium by Tallis on various occasions in Manchester and Liverpool
and also sung the whole work myself multitracking (see Video)
I decided the time had come to create an orchestral version.
Since the piece is split into 8 choirs, each containing 5 voices, the best solution seemed to be
to assign each choir to an instrumental quintet - wind quintet, 2 string quintets, 2 brass quintets, reed quintet and saxophone and flute quintets)
The score and parts are available at
Sheetmusicplus
and the mp3 is also available at
Sheetmusicplus


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