McBurney, Mona (-1932)

Also known as
McBurney, Mona
Field of activity
Composer; Music educator; Conductor; composer; conductor; pianist; music teacher; musician
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Biographies

Mona McBurney was the first female Bachelor of Music graduate from an Australian university, and an active composer. She received her early musical training in Edinburgh from (Sir) Alexander Mackenzie, and migrated to Victoria in about 1881. She attended Geelong Ladies College, where her brother Samuel McBurney, who advocated the introduction of tonic sol-fa to Australian schools, was principal. In 1892 she enrolled as a music student at the University of Melbourne, graduating four years later. In 1902, McBurney was awarded an honourable mention by the Societa Dante in Rome for her composition, Ode to Dante. In 1905 she completed an opera, The Dalmatian, based on F. Marion Crawford's popular novel, Marietta: A Maid of Venice. Excerpts of this were porfmed in 1910, and it was produced complete in 1926, the first performance of an opera by a woman composer in Australia. She was involved in performances at the Exhibition of Women's Work in 1907. She conducted Una Bourne and a women's orchestra in a performance of her Northern Ballad for piano and string orchestra, which had been commissioned by Lady Northcote for the occasion. This work was included in the 1908 season of Marshall-Hall concerts and published in a two-piano arrangement. Other compositions written during her lifetime include a string quartet, choral works, piano solos and approximately thirty songs. McBurney's career as a teacher expanded in 1918 when she was appointed to teach Italian and French at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium, and in 1921 when she taught Italian at the Albert Street Conservatorium. She continued to work in these positions until her death. She was very active in Melbourne musical and literary circles, and was elected a life member of the women's club, the Lyceum Club in 1926. Her compositions were regularly performed at society concerts such as the Musical Society of Victoria and she was also involved in the British Music Society, the Queen's Hall concerts, the Melbourne Music Club, choral societies and private gatherings. Her "at homes" provided a forum for young musicians and composers. She taught and mentored numerous women who later emerged as composers of significance, including Margaret Sutherland and May Brahe. Unlike many of her colleagues, who travelled to Europe for further study and performance opportunities, McBurney lived almost her whole professional life in Victoria.

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  1. A Persian song of Spring lyric by Hafiz (14th cent.) ; music by Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Sound : 1925 ]
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    A Persian song of Spring lyric by Hafiz (14th cent.) ; music by Mona McBurney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45,846.531)

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  2. A Persian song of spring two-part song / lyric by Hafiz ; music by Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Sound : 1939 ]
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    A Persian song of spring two-part song / lyric by Hafiz ; music by Mona McBurney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44,956.016)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44,956.016)

  3. Waldtraut's song from 'Der wilde Jager' / the poem written by Julius Wolff ; the music composed by Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Sound : 1920-1929 ]
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    Waldtraut's song from 'Der wilde Jager' / the poem written by Julius Wolff ; the music composed by Mona McBurney
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  4. O bella Italia, addio song / the words written by A. Fiocchi ; the music composed by Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Sound : 1920-1929 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    O bella Italia, addio song / the words written by A. Fiocchi ; the music composed by Mona McBurney
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  5. Melodies Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Sound : 1925 ]
    Languages: French
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    Melodies Mona McBurney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41,145.004)

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  6. The shrine of remembrance song / words by K.F. McCrae ; music by Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Sound : 1932 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    The shrine of remembrance song / words by K.F. McCrae ; music by Mona McBurney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37,004.309)

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  7. A northern ballad : The saga of King Orry : fantasie for piano and orchestra / composed by Mona McBurney ; arrangement for two pianos
    McBurney, Mona
    [ Printed music : 1900-1993 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35,452.219)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35,452.219)

  8. An Elizabethan madrigal : S.A.T.B. quartette / music by Mona McBurney; lyric by Nathaniel Downes
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Printed music : 1920 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35,023.406)

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  9. A Persian song of spring : two-part song / lyric by Hafiz ; music by Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Printed music : 1939 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    A Persian song of spring : two-part song / lyric by Hafiz ; music by Mona McBurney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 34,246.234)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 34,246.234)

  10. O bella Italia, addio : song / the words written by A. Fiocchi ; the music composed by Mona McBurney
    McBurney, Mona, -1932
    [ Printed music : 1920-1929 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    O bella Italia, addio : song / the words written by A. Fiocchi ; the music composed by Mona McBurney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 33,509.082)

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  1. McBurney, Mona Margaret (1862-1932)
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Mona McBurney, Melbourne pianist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  3. String quartet scores
    McBurney, Mona
    [ Unpublished : 1910 ]
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  1. A Persian song of spring : tow-part song / lyric by Hafiz (14th century) / music by Mona McBurney
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    [ Printed music : 1925 ]
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  3. Song on May morning : vocal trio S.S.A. / [words by] Milton ; [music by] Mona McBurney
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    [ Printed music : 1900-1990 ]
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  1. DEBTORS' PETITIONS
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Business (National : 1987 - 2004) Tuesday 19 April 1988 p 933

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    ... Robin Ann Hampstead, 1/51 McBurney Road, Cabramatta (30.3.88) 516/88 Re Mark Ronald Hartley, I Anitra ... .3.88) 511/88—Re Norman Winston Hepburn, 1178 Pittwater Road. Mona Vale (29.3.88) 512/88—Re Michael John Mc ... 460 words
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    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. General (National : 1977 - 1987) Tuesday 10 July 1984 p 2661

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    ... (21 6 84) 563/84—Re Margaret Patricia Hull 5/86 McBurney Road, Cabramatta (21 6 84) 573/84—Re Afif ... Templeion and Rodney Templeton, 3/117 Darley Street, Mona Vale (18 6 84) 550/84— Re Brian John Calhngham and ... 437 words
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  3. SEWER MAINS
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 3 September 1976 [Issue No.109] p 3730

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    ... Order 2708. Junction serving McBurney Street. Wetherill Park. W/O. 53776 (Contract 151/74). Lines 1 to 3 ... serving Toronto Avenue, South Creek Road, Kirkstone Road, Lake Street and Derwent Street Mona Vale. W ... 803 words
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  1. MISS MONA McBURNEY.
    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 19 June 1926 p 57 Article
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