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The Fruitful Pond: Music By David W. Solomons

by David W. Solomons

My compositions and arrangements performed by musicians in Costa Rica in many styles including folklore and contemporary.
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1. Ding Dong Merrily On High (For Brass Sextet)
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2. German Folk Songs (For Brass Trio)
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3. For He's a Jolly Good Fellow (For Brass Quartet)
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4. Variations On Ke Arona (For String Quartet)
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5. Variations On La Folia (For String Quartet)
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6. Not Time to Get Up Yet (For String Quartet)
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7. Chinese New Year (For String Quartet)
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8. Dance for Pan (Cotillion) [For String Quartet]
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9. No, Time, Thou Shalt Not Boast (For String Quartet)
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10. Ostinato 12 (For String Quartet)
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11. Twinkle Pluto, Planet No More (For String Quartet)
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12. Jellicle Catgut (For String Quartet)
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13. German Folk Songs (For String Trio)
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Album Notes
These compositions by David Warin Solomons, some original and some variations on traditional themes, were performed in 2014 by various musicians in Costa Rica - editor and producer Marco Antonio Molina Perez.

Brass
Ding Dong Merrily on High for Brass Sextet
Variations on the old English Christmas carol by the same name, with additional jazzy ideas and syncopations.

German Folk songs (a.k.a. Hans Dampf in allen Possen) for Brass Trio
This piece comprises variations on the following traditional German and Alsacian folk songs all involving characters called Hans.
"Hans Spielmann stimme deine Fiedel"
"Hansel und Gretel"
"D'r Hans im Schnockeloch"
"Hans Spielmann der hat eine einzige Kuh"
"Hans Naber ik heb et ju togebracht"
The phrase "Hans Dampf in allen Strassen" is usually translated as "Jack of all trades". My version is up to various musical tricks so I have called it
Hans Dampf in allen Possen (Jack of all tricks)

For he's a jolly good fellow for brass quartet
This is a jolly, albeit brief, set of variations on the old English celebration song by the same name. It can be used for a birthday or a congratulation party for marriage, passing exams, getting promotion etc.
These days, I suppose, it could also be used to accompany a crowd-surfing event!

Strings:
(A note from Marco Perez regarding the first violin: "It comes from back in 1940s when my Dad was born he came from a very poor family One of my Dad's aunts got married to a Spanish immigrant called Arturo Ramon, who was, as far as I know, the first luthier in the country. While he lived here he made 5 violins and this is one of them. Until now the violin has never been played in real life, just a few times in my house, so this is the first public performance with this instrument.)"
Variations on Ke Arona
Variations based on the South African liberation song Ke Arona (Power to the people).

La folia
A quirky set of variations based on the famous La Folia theme concentrating mainly on a 5/8 pulse.

Not time to get up yet
In this miniature the hopeful sleeper opens an eye occasionally (pizzicati and staccati)
but carries on sleeping, as well as she can...
Eventually time insists that she must get up, and she falls out of bed (final loud pizzicato)

Chinese New Year quartet
A version of my Chinese New Year Celebration music reduced down to just four instruments, keeping the same oriental melody and pentatonic scale.
It is almost as if the people who have been celebrating outside with all jollity and fireworks then come indoors for a more sedate version.

Dance for Pan (Cotillion)
These are variations on the famous cotillion attributed to Jean Hotteterre.

No, time thou shallt not boast
This modally ambiguous quartet is inspired by Shakespeare's sonnet "No, time, thou shalt not boast"
No! Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change:
Thy pyramids built up with newer might
To me are nothing novel, nothing strange;
They are but dressings of a former sight.
Our dates are brief, and therefore we admire
What thou dost foist upon us that is old;
And rather make them born to our desire,
Than think that we before have heard them told.
Thy registers and thee I both defy,
Not wondering at the present nor the past,
For thy records and what we see doth lie,
Made more or less by thy continual haste.
This I do vow and this shall ever be;
I will be true, despite thy scythe and thee

Ostinato 12
This quartet in 12 time uses a simple jolly ostinato theme shared between all instruments,
with related tunes thrown in as it skips along, ending on an almost inevitable bluesy chord.

Twinkle pluto planet no more
An atonal piece satirically based on "Twinkle twinkle little star" (known as "Ah, vous dirai-je maman" in Europe) and represents a supposed reaction from Pluto after it was relegated from "planet" to "dwarf planet" by astronomers here on earth.
Of course Pluto is still there, merely changed in the human taxonomy, which deems it to be no longer a planet. Similarly "Twinkle, Twinkle" is no longer a nursery rhyme but a strange atonal piece with memories of its past self moving towards an unknown space. It will be curious to know at which age a child recognises the twinkle-twinkle motif in this new, totally untraditional version. However, atonal though it is, it still appears to have some kind of home.

Jellicle Catgut
Based on my setting of T S Eliot's poem Jellicle Cats.
Obviously - as it is for string quartet - I just had to change "cats" to catgut….
The bouncy and yet somewhat plump and sedate appearance of my very own Jellicle Cat (who is called Vusimuzi) is humorously represented in these variations on the tune.


German folk songs (a.k.a. Hans Dampf in allen Possen)
This piece, similar to the brass trio version referred to above. I have included it to show how different the same piece can sound on strings compared with brass.

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