David Warin Solomons (b. 1953) began his musical career relatively late, taking up the violin at the age of 14 and the classical guitar a few years after that. Most of his musical expression in composition has been based on the principle of “learning by doing,” liberally seasoned with musical collaborations. The first of these collaborations, as far back as 1969, was with two pen-friends in France and Germany, which gave rise to several trios for the unusual combination of violin, trumpet, and piano. 

Solomons moved on to Christ Church at Oxford University in 1972 to study French and German and also began to sing there on a regular basis, eventually settling on alto as his preferred range. At Oxford he met lots of great musicians, many of whom had important influences on his compositional style. 

His music — including some of his most romantic pieces for cello and guitar — continued to develop during his two years of language teaching in Strasbourg and Oakham, but he finally decided to leave teaching, joined the Civil Service, and moved to London where he also made progress both as composer and as church singer. 

In 1991 he had to move up North with his job in the translation service, so he bade farewell to the London choirs and moved quickly into the musical life of Manchester Cathedral. The music department there has been supportive to his compositional side over the years, and a variety of his pieces have been performed there, including the Manchester Magnificat, a carol called Alleyways, and his Mass for Men’s Voices

His composing has also been supported in various fruitful ways by the North-West Composers Association, the music publishers DaCapo Music and Musik Fabrik, Tubalaté, and online organizations such as the Classical Music Makers, Toptempo, Kalvos, and Damian’s Music Bazaar and the Delian Society. As a result of this, his compositions have now been heard at many concerts, on CDs, and also online. 

Over this time Solomons’s compositional style has — of course — developed, but he has always remained true to the principle that a good memorable tune is what counts. 

Solomons has his own website www.dwsolo.com which contains links to his publishers and to a large number of mp3 files and videos of his works.

Albums

Currents in Time

Release Date: July 8, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6443
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Vocal Music
Piano
Viola
Voice
There are great singers, and then there are great singers who break the mold, pushing both the musical and organizational boundaries of their craft. American mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen impressively demonstrates her affiliation with the latter group on CURRENTS IN TIME, once more employing her formidable talents as both a 21st-century vocalist and impresaria to shine a light on a varied array of contemporary composers.
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Dashing Vol. 2

Release Date: November 12, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6374
21st Century
Baroque
Holiday
Orchestra
Piano
Saxophone
Navona Records presents DASHING VOL. 2, a festive assortment of new classical and jazz arrangements and compositions inspired by staples of the holiday season. Unwrap this gift from Sarah Wallin Huff, Joseph Turrin, Kristina Marinova, Jordan VanHemert, David W. Solomons, Elizabeth J. Start, Alan Rinehart, and Joseph T. Spaniola to find a variety of new works and familiar favorites. All of the traditional holiday sounds are featured in this album, embellished with distinguished compositional twists that complement seasonal standards. Experience the holidays in a refreshing way with reharmonizations of Silent Night, Carol Of The Bells for solo guitar, a jazz arrangement of Christmas Time is Here, and more.
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