Cullyn D. Murphy (b. 1993) is a composer, conductor, vocalist, and educator from Champaign, Illinois. Murphy earned his B.M.E. in Music Education-Choral and his B.M. in Theory/Composition from Illinois State University where he was awarded the 2013-2014 Joshua Award Scholarship for excellence in music composition. He also won first place in the 2014 Illinois State University Wind Ensemble Composition Contest. He is currently pursuing his M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville where he was awarded the Bomhard Fellowship. Murphy has been invited to lecture at Illinois State University and Parkland Community College, and has had pieces commissioned and played by Illinois State University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, numerous high schools in Illinois, and many other performers and ensembles.
LISTEN: Ta-ka for Three Voices and String Quartet
Wm. Riley Leitch-Conductor, Cory Schreiner-Tenor, Cullyn D. Murphy-Tenor, Ian Lundquist-Baritone, Gabrielle VanDrill-Violin I, Rachel Miller-Violin II, Eileen Wronkiewicz-Viola, Alex Brinkman-Cello
Ta-Ka started off as an attempt to make a highly intellectual, highbrow piece of music and has, instead, become an unlikely emotional outlet. Ta-Ka has since morphed itself into a piece that creates its own personal aural world of reflection and development. The text is made up of a self-created system of rhythmic syllables similar to “takadimi.” The voices and strings are meant to portray a stark contrast between being intensely percussive and lyrically drifting over each other. It is in this same vein of thought that Ta-Ka has become amusement coexisting with thoughtfulness.