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Nocturne in F major for piano (with fixed audiolink)

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Unger Jun 25, 2016. 6 Replies

Hi!In practicing form, I have currently arrived at the Nocturne and just completed this Nocturne in F major dedicated to my wife for our seventh wedding anniversary (she is a piano teacher) and would…Continue

Sarabande for solo viola - Is this playable?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Unger Feb 13, 2016. 5 Replies

I need some help with my second movement for my viola sonata, a sarabande with quite a lot of double and triple stops. The problem is that though I have tried to make it as playable as I can, I still…Continue

Anyone having experience of writing for amateurs/students?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tyler Hughes Dec 6, 2015. 6 Replies

In my latest piece (a string quartet) I had to limit myself to write only what is possible to play for the rather poor students at my school. I am not sure whether I managed to keep it on their level…Continue

String quartet in d minor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lara Poe Dec 7, 2015. 4 Replies

This is the first movement of my new string quartet of which the Allegretto in F major will be a middle movement. Just as witht the F major Allegretto I had the limitations of not expanding the range…Continue


David Unger, teacher, composer, singer, poet and freelance journalist



I have been composing in smaller formats since 2004 and have had performances of my music regularly.

The music featured in my playlist is the following.

Nocturne in F major for solo piano

This Nocturne was composed as a gift to my wife, who is a piano teacher, for our seventh wedding anniversary in June 2016.

Adagio Romantico

This is a one movement piece (possibly a secont movement of a future oboe sonata) for oboe and piano, based on my final project for the MOOC "Write like Mozart" written in February 2015.

A cradle song 

This is the second song of my song cycle "Night songs" based on texts from William Blake's "Songs of innosence". It was recorded in Ceciliakapellet, Oskarshamns Folkhögskola, Oskarshamn Sweden on June 18th 2014. I both sing and play the piano on this recording made with my Zoom H2n.

Solig stig är full av under 

This is one of my earliest songs composed back in 2008, when I was still in College. It was recorded in Ceciliakapellet, Oskarshamns Folkhögskola, Oskarshamn Sweden on June 18th 2014. I both sing and play the piano on this recording made with my Zoom H2n.

Ave Maria 

This song was written in 2013 for the New Years eve service in one of my local churches. It was recorded live in Döderhults kyrka, Oskarshamn Sweden on New Years Eve 2013. I both sing and play the piano on this recording made with my Zoom H2n.

Sie liebten sich beide  

This song was written in 2011. It was recorded live in Ceciliakapellet, Oskarshamns Folkhögskola, Oskarshamn Sweden on October 1st 2013. I sing and am accompanied by Natalja Shakova at the piano.

Stjärnöga and Adagio 

These songs are the first and third song (of five) in my song cycle "I drömmarnas spår" (In the trails of dreams) written in May/June of 2013. They were recorded live in Robertson-Wesley United Church, Edmonton Canada on November 2nd 2013. Cindy Koistinen, soprano sings and is accompanied by Heidi Saario at the piano.

My music has been performed in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Canada by a number of singers, pianists and choirs both professional and amateur.

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Art songs and Lieder
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
Oskarshamn, Sweden
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I teach singing at Oskarshamns folkhögskola in Oskarshamn, Sweden and freelance as a music journalist for Swedish daily newspaper Barometern. In my spare time I compose, generally art songs, for choir and for the piano.
I have studied composing for Sverker Magnusson at Ingesund College of Music, Arvika, Sweden and composed commissioned song-cycles for the soprano Elin Skorup, Stockholm, Sweden and tenor Martin Lindau, currently Como, Italy.
I have also had music performed by Ingesund College of Music Chamber Choir, Halmstads vokalensemble, Vox Lucida amongst others.

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New string quartet complete! (with expanded development as of December 7th)

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 4:30am 1 Comment

I have just finished my second string quartet in d minor. Compared to the G major quartet posted on my page here, I think it is a big leap forward in a great many ways. It is held within the Classical style, with a first movement in sonata form, a second slow movement in ABA form and a final movement in rondo form.

I have taken some inspiration from the writings of Joseph Haydn ending the first movement in the major tonic, and using only two part writing in the first theme of the…


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At 9:56pm on January 3, 2014, michael diemer said…

Very lovely song, David (Ave Maria). It had hints of Mozart to my ears, specifically the Requiem. Nice to hear live music here for a change. Brings you back to reality (although Kristofer would disagree, but no need to get metaphysical here).

At 1:21pm on December 13, 2012, Janet Spangenberg said…

Thank you for the kind words regarding my choral piece. I enjoyed your songs also, and my heart leapt when I realized the words were sung in Swedish! I don't speak the language, but always wanted to learn, as I loved hearing my grandmother speak it when I was a young child.

Welcome to the Composers' Forum, David!

At 2:31pm on December 10, 2012, Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. said…

Welcome! I liked the music!

At 1:27pm on December 10, 2012, Tyler Hughes said…

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