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A selection of my compositions. All works are copyrighted to David Silver and registered with PRS For Music.

 

For You Too Late  'Classical'  Lord Randall  Ambient  Folk Tunes  Songs

 

FOR YOU TOO LATE

The 'For You Too Late' project, a work in progress, is a drama with music based on the experiences of my friend Kris Yarborough when she lived and worked in Switzerland as a young woman in the late 1960s. Kris and I met on the composition stream of the Music For People summer school in 2012. Living 220 miles apart we work collaboratively by phone, email and occasional meet-ups.

Here are my contributions to the project:

My Heart Beats. Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2013. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Alto Flute, Synth Strings, Pad 2 (warm), Synth Voice, Percussion.

Too Late Tango. Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2013. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Violin, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Piano.

In the Cafe. Live Recording

Written: 2014. Instrumentation: Vignoni Ravel IV Piano Accordion. Performed by: David Silver.

Round The Lake (In An Open Top Sportscar). Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2014. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Alto Sax, Piano, 12-String Guitar, Drum Set, Cymbals.

My Heart Is Your Heart Is Mine. Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2014. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Violins x 2, Viola, Cello.

Those Deep Durations. Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2014. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe d'Amour, Alto Sax, Piano, Cello.

Such Heady Days Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2015. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute, Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet, Acoustic Guitars x 2, Djembe, Castanets, Jam Blocks.

 

'CLASSICAL'

A Trio For Euclid. Soundtrack. Video.

Geometric shapes move around in space, interacting with each other in various combinations. The ellipse, triangle, rectangle and pentagon have time signatures of 6/8, 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4 respectively. Each shape has its own short melodic theme. Combined onto a staff in 4/4 they produce ever changing counter-rhythms and contrapuntal melodies.

Written in the composition stream of the Music For People Summer School 2016. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Viola, Clarinet, Piano.

Four Days In Spain. Soundtrack. Video. Live Recording, Watford Recorder Group.

Written: 2011. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon.

Live Recording: Descant, Treble, Tenor, Bass Recorders.

Hard Labour. Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2012. Realised in Presonus Studio One. Instrumentation: Violins x 2, Viola, Cello.

Hyperion Rising. Soundtrack.

Written: 2016. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piano.

Moonstone Blue. Soundtrack, Wind Quartet. Soundtrack, Saxophone Quartet. Live Recording, Watford Recorder Group.

Written: 2012. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon//Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophones.

Live Recording: Descant, Treble, Tenor, Bass Recorders.

Pastorale. Live Recording. Video. 

Permute 7 and 8. Live Recording. Video.

Written in the composition stream of CoMA Summer School 2015. Performed by Aisha Orazbayeva - Violin, Rebecca Lenton - Alto Flute, Sophie Harris - Cello.

Three Vignettes In A Ryukyuan Mode: Raindrops, Ripples and Waves. Live Recording.

Written: 2014. Performed by Soprano, Alto and Tenor voices at CoMA Summer School 2014.

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Along The Field As We Came By. Soundtrack.

Written: 2012. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piano.

Arctic Flare. Soundtrack.

Written: 2011. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Synthesizer, Pad 7 (Halo).

Chloe Anna's First Song. Soundtrack. Video. With input from a 10-week old sitting on my knee at the piano.

Written: 2015. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piano and Guitar.

Dark Paris: Soundtrack.

Written: 2011. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piano.

Duet Number One for Flute and Piano. Soundtrack.

Written: 2012. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Flute and Piano.

Early Streetlights, Falling Snow. Live Recording.

Written: 2011. Performed on accordion by David Silver in 2011. That special time when the snow is falling and the street lights start to come on when there is still light in the sky.

Hundred Year Hymn. Soundtrack.

Written in 2014 as my contribution toward a Great War commemorative event at which I was asked to play some accordion music. Here it is realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Organ.

If A Bird Fell. Soundtrack.

Written: 2012. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Tenor Recorder.

In A Distant Field. Live Recording. Video.

Written: 2012. Accordion duet performed by Roswitha Lamb and David Silver at the Music For People Summer School 2012.

Invisible Spectrum. Live Recording. Video.

Written: 2016. Instrumentation: Vignoni Ravel IV Piano Accordion. Performed by: David Silver.

La Chine. Soundtrack

Written: 2011. Performed by Adrian Silver in 2012 on Korg Kronos synthesizer.

Les Ondes Du Passé. Soundtrack-Flute & Clarinet. Soundtrack-Two Recorders.

Written: 2010. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet and Treble Recorder, Tenor Recorder.

Love's Alchemy. Soundtrack.

Written: 2019. Inspired by the John Donne poem Love's Alchemy. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Alto flute, Oboe D'Amore, Piano.

Not What You Think? Live Recording.

Written: 2014 in Michael Finnissy's Found Materials composition course at the CoMA 2014 summer school. Performed by Matthew Lee Knowles. Motif derived from Carmina Burana.

Strangeness. Live Recording.

Written: 2012. Performed on accordion by Roswitha Lamb.

That Time Of Year. Live Recording.

Written: 2013. Performed by David Silver - Clarinet.

The Burgeon Seed. Soundtrack. Video.

Written: 2015. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Descant and Tenor Recorder.

Waltz Of The Long Departed. Soundtrack. Video

Written: 2012. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piano.

Wedding March For A Beloved Daughter. Soundtrack.

Written in 2012 by request for my daughter's wedding music. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe d'Amour, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Harp, Double Bass.

 

LORD RANDALL

Based on an instrumental break I wrote for the medieval song Lord Randall, I have written a suite of five pieces representing milestone events in the imagined life of the eponymous character, presented here in story sequence. Other than 'A Life Well Lived' the instrumentation and harmony is presently basic but I plan to develop it all into an orchestral suite.

Lord Randall - His Birth Day. Soundtrack.

Written: 2013. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piano.

Lord Randall - His First Love. Soundtrack.

Written: 2014. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Flute, Guitar, Piano.

Lord Randall - Goodbye Dear Father. Soundtrack.

Written: 2013. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Violin, Piano.

Lord Randall - A Young Statesman. Soundtrack.

Written: 2014. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Piano

Lord Randall - A Life Well Lived. Soundtrack. Video. Live Recording, Watford Recorder Group.

Written: 2013. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Descant, Treble, Tenor, Bass Recorders.

 

AMBIENT

Slowly Across The Plains. Soundtrack.

Written: 2014 in 'Composing with African Composition Technique' course at CoMA Summer School 2014. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Voices, Horn, Piano. The piece could be extended to run for several hours without repeating a harmony.

Opening. Soundtrack.

Written: 2014 in 'Appropriating Composition Techniques From Visual Arts' course at CoMA Summer School 2014. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Clarinet, Piano.

 

FOLK TUNES

Good Times Remembered. Live Recording.

Written 2011. Performed by David Silver - Accordion.

Haymaking Well. Live Recording.

Written: 2010. Performed in 2011 by David Silver on accordion.

Incantation: Soundtrack.

Written: 2011. Realised in Sibelius 7. Instrumentation: Alto Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Blown Bottle, Marimba, Timpani.

Jelly Beans. Live Recording.

Written: 2011. Performed in 2013 on accordion by David Silver.

Viking Sails. Live Recording. Video.

Written: 2015. Arranged and performed by Christo Petkov on Yamaha digital piano.

Walsingham. Live Recording.

Written: 2012. Performed by David Silver - Accordion.

 

SONGS

Chartists Ballot Of 1846. Live Recording. Background.

Written: 2011 as 'People Of The Land'. Lyrics by Linda Birmingham. Performed by David Silver on accordion, vocals by Linda Birmingham.

Gaia's Hand. Words. Live Recording.

Words and Music Written 2010. Performed 2011. Helen Silver - Vocal, David Silver - Clarinet, Roswitha Lamb - Accordion.

Karen's Bakery. Live Recording.

Music and lyrics written by David Silver in 2013. Performed by David Silver on accordion, vocals by Christopher Lawley.

Love Hearts. Live Recording.

Written: 2009. Performed 2013 by David Silver on accordion.

Making Harris Tweed. Live Recording. Video.

Written: 2013 as 'My Love She Spinned Silk'. Lyrics by Linda Birmingham. Performed by David Silver - accordion, Linda Birmingham - Vocal.

Please Come Back. Live Recording. Video.

Written: 2013 as Flowers Of The Sun. Lyrics by Linda Birmingham. Performed by Matthew Wakefield - keyboard, Linda Birmingham - Vocal.

The Ducklington Snatch. Live Recording.

Music written by David Silver in 2013 to accompany lyrics written by Darryl Jones and edited by Christopher Lawley. Performed by David Silver on accordion, vocals by Christopher Lawley.

The Rolling English Road. Words. Live Recording. Paul Westlake, The Dancing Gardener of Whitethorn Morris, asked me to write music to which he could sing The Rolling English Road by G.K. Chesterton. This live performance at Ricky Folk Club in January 2017 features Paul singing to my accompaniment.

Written: 2013. Instrumentation: Vignoni Ravel IV Piano Accordion.