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He studied at the universities of Southampton (with Jonathan Harvey) and York (with Bernard Rands and David Blake), and took private lessons with Harrison Birtwistle. From 1974 to 1976 he was composer-in-residence to the Southern Arts Association. From 1976 he worked with the Royal National Theatre in London, and succeeded Birtwistle as its music director, a post he held from 1981 to 1997. He also composed the music for its production of Paul.
Muldowney is perhaps best known for his film and television scores, radio works and incidental music for the theatre. Film and television credits include music for Loose Connections (1983), some of the music for 1984 (1984), he wrote scores for Sharpe's Eagle (1993) and King Lear (1997) and Stella Street (2004). His concert works include a large-scale oboe concerto, which has been recorded by NMC, but he has written and arranged for David Bowie and Sting. Muldowney has worked on two projects for artistic director Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic Theatre, including Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Howard Davies. He is published by Carlin Music Corporation.
Until 2006, he was a composition teacher at the Royal Academy of Music.
Television and film credits
- Betrayal (Spiegel/Pinter - Horizon Films) - Producer: Sam Spiegel - Director: Hugh David Jones
- The Ploughman's Lunch - Director: Richard Eyre
- Loose Connections (Umbrella) - Director: Richard Eyre
- 1984 (Virgin Films) - Director: Michael Radford
- Singleton's Pluck - Director: Richard Eyre
- The Beggar's Opera (Alan Ladd Company) - Director: Richard Eyre
- Defence of the Realm (Enigma) - Director: David Drury
- Baal - Directors: Alan Clarke/David Bowie
- The Black Candle - Director: Roy Battersby
- Tales From Hollywood - Director: Howard Davies
- Black Daisies For The Bride - Director: Peter Symes - Prix Italia Prize Winner
- The Peacock Spring - Director: Christopher Morahan
- Emma - Director: Richard Eyre
- The Moth - Director: Roy Battersby
- The Fix - Director: Paul Greengrass
- Sharpe’s Enemy/Sharpe’s Company/Sharpe’s Honour Sharpe’s Return/Sharpe’s Revenge/Sharpe’s Waterloo Sharpe’s Rifles /Sharpe’s Eagle (Central TV) - Director: Tom Clegg
- Eskimo Day - Director: Piers Haggard
- King Lear - Director: Richard Eyre
- Bloody Sunday (Granada) - Director: Paul Greengrass
- Copenhagen - Director: Howard Davies
- The Blasphemers' Banquet (1989)
Orchestral music and opera
- Piano Concerto (Peter Donohoe - BBC Symphony Orchestra) (Released on EMI)
- Piano Concerto No. 2 (Angela Hewitt - BBC Symphony Orchestra)
- Saxophone Concerto (John Harle - London Sinfonietta) (Released on EMI)
- Oboe Concerto (Roy Carter - LSO) (Released on NMC)
- The Fall Of Jerusalem (Oratorio)
- The Voluptuous Tango - Prize Winner Prix Italia
- "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian Media). 19 July 2014. p. 52.
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 397. CN 5585.