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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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Songs of Glory arranged for various instrumental quartets

Over the past 8 weeks I have been working on various instrumental quartets
(simple transcriptions of the originals and also extended variations)
based on various early gospel songs.
They were inspired by a Sankey service which we sang recently in Loughborough Parish church.
The original composers go as far back as Charles Wesley and onwards to George Bennard, via the wonderfully named Edwin Othello Excell,
D B Towner, Robert Lowry and many more.
They are currently set for wind, string, saxophone, recorder, flute and clarinet quartets, but if other combinations are desired, do please let me know.
The scores (and electronic previews) are now available on:
Songs of Glory - Complete List
Divided by instruments:
Songs of Glory for recorder quartet
Songs of Glory for saxophone quartet
Songs of Glory for flute quartet
Songs of Glory for string quartet
Songs of Glory for clarinet quartet
Songs of Glory for wind quartet



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Psalm 23 - Der Herr ist mein Hirte (The Lord is my Shepherd)

The video is also available on Vimeo here
The score is available on SheetMusicPlus
this is a setting of Martin Luther's translation of Psalm 23 in Dorian mode

It was performed on 6 May 2017 by the Budapest Scoring Choir under Peter Pejtsik

Der Herr ist mein Hirte; mir wird nichts mangeln.
(The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.)
Er weidet mich auf grüner Aue und führet mich zum frischen Wasser.
(He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
he leadeth me the quiet waters by.)

Er erquicket meine Seele;
(My soul he doth restore again)
er führet mich auf rechter Straße um seines Namens willen.
(and me to walk doth make in the paths of righteousness, even for his own Name's sake.)
Und ob ich schon wanderte im finstern Tal, fürchte ich kein Unglück;
(Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale, yet will I fear no ill)
denn du bist bei mir, dein Stecken und dein Stab trösten mich.
(For Thou art with me; and thy rod and staff my comfort still.)
Du bereitest vor mir einen Tisch im Angesicht meiner Feinde.
(My table Thou hast furnished in the presence of my foes)
Du salbest mein Haupt mit Öl und schenkest mir voll ein.
(My head Thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.)
Gutes und Barmherzigkeit werden mir folgen mein Leben lang,
(Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me)
und ich werde bleiben im Hause des Herrn immerdar.
(and in God's house for evermore my dwelling place shall be.)

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Stormy Weather arranged for flute sextet or flute choir

Harold Arlen's melody for Koehler's lyrics "Stormy Weather" has often fascinated me. So I finally decided to arrange it as a
chamber music piece, starting here with a version for flute ensemble.
The top flute has the tune for most of the time but the bass flute takes over on the reprise with the harmonies switching up by one
part.
The score and parts are available on SheetMusicPlus
Other versions will no doubt come rolling in...
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