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 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!


Composer's Choir

Composer's Choir During this summer Dan Shaw"s Composer"s choir
did some great performances of three of my choral works
(Panis Angelicus, In the Summertime and It was a lover and his lass)
plus an additional recording of a cello and guitar duo by Chris Benson,
(Summertime Rag) which formed the basis of 'In the Summertime'.
Details, recordings and videos of these (and earlier performances by the choir)
can be enjoyed on my Composer"s Choir artist page.

Freilach for flute trio

Freilach for flute trio The Fluteview held a competition for flute trio compositions (2 flutes and 1 alto flute).
My submission - Freilach - was in Klezmer style, with quite a lot of beatboxing, and was very well received.
The video of Fluteview's performance on 10 July 2015 in Half Moon Bay, California,
can be enjoyed on youtube here: Freilach video

5 organ pieces

5 organ pieces The RNCM finished the refurbishment of their organ this summer and David Carlston Williams was up there, ready and willing.
He recorded my 5 organ pieces, which can now be heard on Bandcamp
Shortly to be released also on CDBaby, itunes and Amazon.
They comprise 5 pieces:
1. Passacaglia - based on an ostinato passage in 3 time. The idea behind the passacaglia relates to the origin of the word, it is basically a gentle stroll down the street ('pasar la calle' in Spanish, which was converted into 'Passacaglia' in Italian)
2. Playtime - about a cat, the composer"s own cat who is playful and rushes around the house but occasionally stopping to pummel the soft furnishings.
3. Dorina - a descriptive piece in Dorian mode based on a song about a cat, from the aptly named village of Chattevoix, who stalks, but never catches, a little bird.
4. Early Evening in Camden Town - a more serious piece, a description of the poor folk in Camden and their dreams of what could be, if only….. It was originally a song, which the composer wrote when he was living in London, based on a poem by fellow Londoner Sandra Erös 'The streets are part of a toy town, waiting to be played with…'.
5. Bishop"s Dance - a curious and comical piece in 11 time (3, 3, 3, 2 - count it!). It comes from the legend of Robin Hood, in which Robin meets the bishop of Hereford, who had hoped to get the better of him, but Robin prevails and forces him to dance. The clumsy attempts of the ungainly Bishop to obey Robin"s commands cause great merriment among the merry men.