Houston Dunleavy was born in Ulster and has a wide ranging career across the globe, as musician, conductor and composer.
He has been a lecturer for over forty years and has been on numerous faculties including: University of Wollongong, Australian National University, James Madison University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Ball State University. He is currently on staff at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir. His mentors were Peter Tahourdin, Barry Conyngham, Donald Erb, David Felder and Charles Wuorinen. As a conductor he has led over 40 operas, operettas and musicals in Australia and the USA, including two world premiere seasons. His music is available from Wirripang publishers. (www.Houstondunleavy.com)
Compositions by Houston Dunleavy appear on
Featuring premiere recordings of Australian and American works for the modern flute ensemble, this album is filled with sounds of spirit and serenity. Take a journey from waltzes and fancy two-steps to beautiful arrangements of the most memorable tunes ever written.
Peter Sheridan's vision for this project was to bring the larger, lower sounding flutes to the centre stage, and in so doing, challenging their sound production and ability to create colourful sonic shapes in one of the most traditional Western musical forms: the Sonata.
This recording features compositions by living Australian composers, mostly whom are based in Melbourne, Victoria. It is performed by the Monash Flute Ensemble directed by Peter Sheridan. The flute ensemble repertoire of Australia is rather minor compared to other national musical genres, though the country has a rich and vibrant source of fine woodwind composers.
This recording features the resonant and meditative sounds of the modern day low flutes. These austere, breathy and even creepy flute sounds should inspire an abundance of musical imaginations.