Murray Houllif

Murray Houllif was born in 1948. With more than 200 published books, solos and ensemble compositions, the music of Murray Houllif is performed all over the world. His varied and continuing performance experience has lent much inspiration: Catskill Mountain show drummer, concert percussionist with the Long Island and Nassau Symphonies, his own Ambira Mallet Quartet, The Atlantic Wind Symphony, jazz and rock drumming, etc.

Mr. Houllif has taught percussion at North Texas State University and is a two-time winner of the Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest. Houlif was presented with the Distinguished Music Leadership Award for excellence in percussion education by the New Jersey Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Kenneth Piascik, director, on May 3, 2015. The ensemble performed Mr. Houlif's Percussive Arts Society prize-winning composition, Three Movements for Multi-Percussionist and Percussion Quartet. (see photo below)

He resides on Long Island with his wife, Virginia, and he is retired from 33 years of teaching. For the past six years, he as been the house percussionist/drummer at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York. Murray Houlif

From Murray Houllif

Bluegrass Girl

$8.00

Writing for marimba virtuoso Nancy Zeltsman, well-known composer Murray Houllif has translated elements of bluegrass style into music that is completely idiomatic for the marimba.

Writing for marimba virtuoso Nancy Zeltsman, well-known composer Murray Houllif has translated elements of bluegrass style into music that is completely idiomatic for the marimba.

In A Latin Way

$8.00

Imagine yourself relaxing on a sandy, south-of-the-border beach sipping a cool beverage! This unhurried piece is a marriage of the primitive and the modern with its open modal and contemporary harmonies and syncopated rhythms. Written at the request of the late Karen Ervin Pershing, a wonderful percussionist/teacher. Duration = 3:05

Imagine yourself relaxing on a sandy, south-of-the-border beach sipping a cool beverage! This unhurried piece is a marriage of the primitive and the modern with its open modal and contemporary harmonies and syncopated rhythms. Written at the request of the late Karen Ervin Pershing, a wonderful percussionist/teacher. Duration = 3:05

Sir Lancelot

$8.00

The chivalry and romanticism of Merry Olde England is conjured up by this work which features a 6/8 and a 2/4 dance, 4-mallet block-chordal and tonal harmonies and arpeggios over the entire keyboard. Reminiscent of the Elizabethan music of composers, John Dowland and William Byrd. Duration = 3:00

The chivalry and romanticism of Merry Olde England is conjured up by this work which features a 6/8 and a 2/4 dance, 4-mallet block-chordal and tonal harmonies and arpeggios over the entire keyboard. Reminiscent of the Elizabethan music of composers, John Dowland and William Byrd. Duration = 3:00

Two Dances

$8.00

Written for bass drum, two toms, snare drum, tambourine, woodblock and suspended cymbal, this virtuosic work features a graceful, 3/4 time waltz followed by a fast “galop”. The thematic motif is developed through various changing meters, dynamic contrast and accents, all building to an exciting climax.
Duration = 4:00

Written for bass drum, two toms, snare drum, tambourine, woodblock and suspended cymbal, this virtuosic work features a graceful, 3/4 time waltz followed by a fast “galop”. The thematic motif is developed through various changing meters, dynamic contrast and accents, all building to an exciting climax.
Duration = 4:00