Orchestra & Soloist Music

Concerto for Didgeridoo

Collaboration with didgeridoo maestro, William Barton, in composing this Concerto for Didgeridoo & Orchestra.  The concerto was ranked #32 in the ABC Classic FM “The Classic 100 Concertos”. It was ranked #87 in the 2011 ABC Classic 100 “20th Century”.



Released by ABC Classics - Queensland Symphony Orchestra - William Barton, Didgeridoo - Sean O'Boyle, Conductor



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"O’Boyle’sConcerto for Didgeridoois a joint composition with soloist William Barton. It's in four movements each named after the traditional elements.Earthis tense with pent-up energy. The primeval ululating growl of the solo instrument is relieved by gleaming Hovhaness figuration from the violins.Windseems to speak in mystical and fearsome numbers through the didgeridoo. It articulates a voice from the stone and from the sand. This time there is a slamming and hunting scherzo character to the music. Barton also speaks through the Didgeridoo – there are words in the sound of the instrument and this gives a supernatural and hair-raising effect.Wateris a more contented essay with strings imparting gentle breath. There are light-imbued contributions from harp and woodwind. This is a necessary release after the grim intimations of the first two movements. Even so the didgeridoo adds its overlay of threat later in the movement.Fire, the finale, rushes, howls and roars, in a blasting bloodlust. Fast stabbing strings are there in ostinato and the didgeridoo croaks a savage and sometimes jazzy exultation."   Rob Barnett , Music Web International

 

"Earth"

"Wind"

"Fire"

"Water"

Solstice

"Solstice"

Composed as an encore piece for Karin Schaupp 



Recorded by ABC Classics - Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Karin Schaupp, Guitar - Sean O'Boyle, Conductor



 

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"Death of Atsumori San"

Composed for the Grand Master of the Shakuhachi, Riley Lee, for the CD Project 'Dreams are Forever'.



The Shakuhachi is a Japanese end blown flute.



Riley Lee began playing the shakuhachi in 1971. He is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusô, or "priests of nothingness" of the Edo period in Japan. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master.



Recorded for ABC Classics - Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Riley Lee, Shakuhachi- Sean O'Boyle, Conductor





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The Death of Atsumori San

Sunrise on the Coast

Composed for the Grand Master of the Shakuhachi, Riley Lee, for the CD Project 'Dreams are Forever'.



Inspired by the Banjo Patterson Poem



The Shakuhachi is a Japanese end blown flute.



Recorded for ABC Classics - Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Riley Lee, Shakuhachi- Sean O'Boyle, Conductor





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"Sunrise on the Coast"

Scottish Piano Rhapsody

Composed for the international touring show "Scotland the Brave"



Recorded by ABC Classics for CD & DVD  (Gold) with the Queensland Pops Orchestra.



Catherine Lynagh, Piano - Sean O'Boyle, Conductor



Scotland the Brave on DVD 



Scotland the Brave on CD

"Scottish Piano Rhapsody"

© 2015 by Sean O'Boyle

Photography - © Chrissy Maguire