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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

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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.

Profile Information

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 biographical information about you as a composer):
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.
Website:
www.davidunger.n.nu

Latest Activity

David Unger replied to Joel's discussion Publishing?
"I don't know much about publishing, I have myself only had a few congregational hymns published, but that was through a company that specializes in that particular market. In general I think it would be hard to get anything published if it is…"
Dec 12, 2016
David Unger replied to Daniel DiMercurio's discussion What Piece Drives You to Tears?
"This piece by Wilhelm Stenhammar "Vårnatt" (Spring Night) always sends chills down my spine. It is a lot about the melancholy of the (earthly) spring that rises after death (in nature as well as human). <iframe…"
Nov 16, 2016
David Unger replied to David Unger's discussion Nocturne in F major for piano (with fixed audiolink)
"Thanks Roger! Still struggling with instrumental music in general and piano music in particular, I just don't have a natural feel for it yet, I think, and rely heavily on influences from other works (and theoretical rules in general) to create…"
Jun 25, 2016
roger stancill replied to David Unger's discussion Nocturne in F major for piano (with fixed audiolink)
"David, I am a big fan of the art form 'Nocturne'. Tho' I am no expert at all. There is a certain quality to some of them that resonates 'after the sun sets'. I have tried to write 7 of them so far, hopefully improving with…"
Jun 23, 2016
David Unger replied to David Unger's discussion Nocturne in F major for piano (with fixed audiolink)
"Of course Roger, will do imidiately."
Jun 22, 2016
roger stancill replied to David Unger's discussion Nocturne in F major for piano (with fixed audiolink)
"David, I would like to listen to this, but soundcloud doesnt seem to work on my end. Could you possibly do an MP3?  Thanks    RS"
Jun 21, 2016
David Unger replied to Erwin van Delft's discussion Trio for 2 flutes and a violin
"I enjoy the call and respons between the instruments and I enjoy the lightness of the music (both in character and tembre), however I too feel that there is a sense of searching in the piece, that I cannot really tell if it is deliberate or…"
Jun 21, 2016
David Unger replied to David Unger's discussion Nocturne in F major for piano (with fixed audiolink)
"Thank you Ingo for your comments, I appreciate them greatly. And yes it was difficult for me (who normally conciders myself a melodist) to construct a more elaborate melody this time, but I shall take your words in concideration for upcoming efforts."
Jun 21, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to David Unger's discussion Nocturne in F major for piano (with fixed audiolink)
"This is very well done and I enjoyed listening. You've used your materials wisely, with dynamics and harmonic variations to make good use of your themes, and the piece holds together as a whole which is important. I would like to hear your…"
Jun 20, 2016
David Unger replied to Ishan Bhargava's discussion Piano piece
"Just after uploading my own Chopinesque piece I find this. Very nice indeed! However the ending could perhaps be developed more (if I am to ask for something, since the return of the theme is so short. If you feel that that isn't necessary or…"
Jun 20, 2016
David Unger posted a discussion

Nocturne in F major for piano

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 like to hear what you have to say about it. General thoughts, thoughts of formal character, things concerning what is idiomatic (or not) for the instrument are all welcome.This is the largest single movement work I have composed as of yet, and is still a bit uncertain of my ability to "keep things…See More
Jun 20, 2016
David Unger replied to gregorio X's discussion 'finding one's voice'…?
"Haydn was full of humour, but in a discreat way sometimes. And never to the point that it took away focus from his craftsmanship. Many composers look away from that when then try to be homourous, but it isn't always benefitting for the pieces.…"
Feb 29, 2016
David Unger replied to gregorio X's discussion 'finding one's voice'…?
"Using my composing partly as a means of trying to understand classical music from past eras I have composed romantic Lieder, classical string quartets and works in a baroque style but still I think I always sound very much alike. I believe that it…"
Feb 29, 2016
David Unger replied to David Unger's discussion Sarabande for solo viola - Is this playable?
"Thank you very much for your response Socrates! It means a lot to me, to know that it can be played and it makes me very happy to hear you say it is worth the effort despite the troubles it brings to the player. Most of what you have included in…"
Feb 13, 2016
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to David Unger's discussion Sarabande for solo viola - Is this playable?
"Hi David, (see PDF attached)   This is what I consider a practical fingering for the piece as you have posted it. I am not a viola player, I play the fiddle and the mandolin and whenever I play chords I tend to use a lot of open strings, I am…"
Feb 13, 2016
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to David Unger's discussion Sarabande for solo viola - Is this playable?
"Thanks David. I will have a look at it tomorrow and I will give you some comments. Now is eight in the morning in London and I am without sleep and gigs lined up for the week end, so I'm going soon to bed. :-)"
Feb 12, 2016

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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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