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!


Of farmers, fish and sailors

Of farmers, fish and sailors Recent activities have included instrumental settings of the German folk song Im Maerzen der Bauer, with various countermelodies and modulations.
I have collected all the arrangements (vocal, instrumental and parody) on my Maerzen page.
Here is a video of the version for flute, alto flute and piano

Also made a woodwind quartet arrangement of that lovely piece of Victoriana called The Storm by Roland Rogers (video) in which sailors are in peril on the sea and a little boy prays for them.

Returning to things German, I sang with my Lutheran friends at the annual Singkreisfreizeit (singing circle holiday).
On this occasion we rehearsed at the Peace Centre in Warrington and held the Sunday afternoon service in the Stretford church.
It involved lots of lovely material I had not heard before including a sweet canon by our conductor Brigitte reflecting the falling leaves of autumn, after a poem by Rilke, and a gorgeous part song called Abendfriede (evening peace) by Rheinberger. We also performed my curious arrangement of the Herring song as a 'Zugabe' (a little extra) to the service: here is a video of our herring song rehearsal the day before.


Schubert and Mysterious Moment

Schubert and Mysterious Moment Continued the ongoing Schubert project with his gorgeous 'Gesänge des Harfners' (Songs of the harpist)
- versions for low voice, alto voice, cor anglais, flute, clarinet with piano accompaniment and with guitar accompaniment
all thanks to a suggestion by Steven Harper who will be performing quite a lot of my Schubert arrangements.
The words are by Gothe but I have also provided English singing translations for the low voice versions.
The catalogue sets are at Gesänge des Harfners
and all other Schubert arrangements

Also added three other versions of Mysterious Moment (the octatonic mystery music originally intended to illustrate my short story calledThe Door'.
I"ve made videos of the version for oboe and string trio
and the version for alto flute and string trio (the second featuring this door and sunflowers painted by my mother).
The scores and parts for all versions - so far: cor anglais, flute, alto flute and oboe with string trio can be found here.

Unseasonable Procession

Unseasonable Procession Finally decided to re-do the cartoon of The 12 days of Christmas, a conductor's nightmare
in readiness for conductors looking for a hilarious encore to their Christmas concerts
On Youtube