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Alexander Burnard (1900-1971) - Papers:  Compositions

The papers of Alexander Burnard, Australian composer, including correspondence from Percy and Ella Grainger.

Archives : Alexander Burnard

The Papers and Correspondence of Alex Burnard, Australian Composer, 1900-1971

Compositions by Alex Burnard

The original catalogue, which involved the sorting and listing of Dr Alex Burnard's manuscript scores of his musical compositions, was completed by Mr. Colin D. Watts on 11 February 1973. It was further updated with additions, corrections and annotations by Mr Gionni Di Gravio in November 1999. The works include all his compositions with Opus Numbers ranging from Op.1 to Op. 50 including orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral works. Together with this are a number of minor works and sketches that have no opus numbers. The compositions date from 1918 to 1970.

Archives Location

Opus No.

Title and Description

Remarks

Date

A8282(iv)

Op.1 No.1

"The City Child" for voice and piano

Two versions (i) 8-12 December,1924 (ink copy) (ii) revised version July,1925) (pencil copy incomplete? And ink copy)

1924 - 1925

A8282(iv)

Op.1 No.2

"Birdie and Baby" for voice and piano

(Ink Copy)

3/7/1925 - 5/7/1925

A8282(v)

Op.2

"Rhapsody" for pianoforte and two violincelli

(Ink Copy)

[c.1926]

A8282(vi)

Op.3

Three Somerset folk songs for voice, viola, violin, 'cello and piano.

1 "The Brisk Young Widow"

2 "Early Early"

3 "O Sally My Dear" (Aug 1926)

Separate inst., vocal parts and script of all three songs. 2nd full score copy of Nos. 1 & 2 (along with Opus 5).

July 1926

A8282(vii)

Op.4

Variations on "A Watchet Sailor" for piano.

Complete copy

Dec 1926 - 22/2/1927.

A8282(viii)

Op.5

Three songs for voice and piano.
1. "Poet's Plaint"
2. "Philosophics"
3. "I Know A Bank"



2 copies
2 copies
4 copies

(All three songs are at the beginning of a book containing songs by other composers.)



3/5/1927
9 - 13/5/1927
20 - 26/3/1928

A8282(ix)

Op.6

String Quartet No.l.

Pencil copy - also separate string parts. Pencil copy contains Chorale "Ich will dich unit Fleiss Bewahren" Canon, D.C., 8th, 10th, 12th etc. (Also 2nd, 3rd movements of "Op. 28")

23/1/1928 -10/7/1928

A8282(x)

Op.7

Three preludes for piano

Pencil copy [another copy see also A8284(v)]

22 - 25/11/1928

A8282(xi)

Op.8

Rhapsody for orchestra.

Draft and full orchestra score

13/1/1929 - 8/3/1929

A8282(xii)

Menuet and Gigue for string orchestra.

Pencil copy

30/5/1929 - 3/6/1929

A8283(i)

Op.10

The Jovial Spirit for full orchestra.

Draft and full orchestral score

1929/30

A8283(ii)

Op.11

Five Shakespeare Songs for baritone and string quartet.

1. "Under the Greenwood Tree"
2. "Orpheus"
3. "'Winterly"
4. "I Know a Bank"
5. "Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind"

Four full score (1 pencil ~ three in copies). One signed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Separate parts for voice and each instrument.

April - June 1930

A8283(iii)

Op.12

"L'Allegro" for soli, chorus and orchestra.

Full pencil score - piano transcription. Sketches for piano and voices.

1931

A8283(iv)

Op.13

Four Tudor Madrigals for mixed chorus. (S.S.A.T.B.B.)

1. "Crabbed Age and Youth"

2. "Spring"

3. "The Silver Swan"

4. "Phillida and Coridon"

Two copies and also piano score. "To Phyllis, John and The Adelaide Bach Society"

March - May 1933

A8283(v)

Op.14

String Quartet No.2

Piano draft. (Also contains draft of Opus 15) Two sets, separate string parts.

1934

A8283(vi)

Op.15

Two Folk-Tune Settings for Bamboo Pipes.

1."Green Mossy Banks Banks of the Lee"

2. "Tarry Trowsers"

Two copies.

13/6/1934

A8283(vii)

Op.16

"Love's the Best Doctor" [Opera?]

Manuscript complete?
Some orchestral parts and conductor's script.
Moliere's "Love's the Best Doctor"

May 1934

A8283(viii)

Op.17

Three songs for voice and piano.
1."Ghosts"
2."Clown's Philosophy" [Valediction at the Close of 'Twelfth Night']. Song for baritone.
3. "Weathers"

3 copies
3 copies - Under pseudonyms "Phyllander" and "Sebastion"
1 copy

(Also contains songs "Under the Greenwood Tree" and "Orpheus With His Lute" for Voice and Strings from Opus 11 )

1929

Oct 1934

1929 - 1930

A8283(ix)

Op.18

"I Sing of a Maiden" Carol Anthem for choir and organ.

3 copies (see Opus 26) [Alternate title:"I Sing of a Maiden That Matchless Is" (15th Century) Carol Athem for Xmas.] Pseudonym "Phyllander"

Nov 1934

A8283(x)

Op.19

String quartet No.3.

Two full scores (i) ink and (ii) pencil, separate instr., parts.

Feb - May 1936

A8283(xi)

Op.21

"The Voices" for chorus, baritone and orchestra.

Pencil manuscript

August 1936

A8283(xii)

Op.22

"Australian Song of Festival" for voice and piano.

1 copy together with songs from Opus 17 and complete Opus 24.

1937

A8283(xiii)

Op.23

Piano Suite No.l.

1 copy consists of 7 Piano Preludes (Op.28), "Australian Xmas Carol" by E.L.T. (for Anglican Hymnal Australian Supplement), 9 Blake songs (Op. 29) and Two Preludes and Fugues (Op. 31).

1942 - 1951

A8283(xii)

Op.24

Five Tudor songs for soprano, clarinet and viola.

1. "Merry Margaret"

2. "0 Western Wind"

3. "Sister Awake"

4. "I Saw My Lady Weep"

5. "The Wakening"

Pencil draft copy ~ also ink copy. Separate clarinet and viola parts. (Ink copy also contains Opus 17, Nos. 1 and 2 and Opus 22)

Three copies

1937 - 1939

July 1937

July 1937

Mar 1939

Dec 1938

Mar 1939

A8283(xiv)

Op.25

Suite for piano and violin.

1. Overture

2. Reverie: "Rapt in Thought I Wander".

3. Village Merrymaking: "On a Sunshine Holiday".

4. Corydon to his Cruel Phillida: His Pipe Plaineth of her Floutings and Inconstancy.

5. Walking Piece: Happy Through the Hills I Went Along the Winding By Road (Fantasy)

6. Chant

7. Jiggery Pokery: A Kaleidoscope of Footing it Featly Here and There (Pray You, Sweet Sprites, the Burden Bear).

Two complete copies - violin part movements I and II only. "To Bob Rowland - Jones."
1 extra copy by "Sebastian"

1 extra copy by "Sebastian"


1 extra copy by "Sebastian"

1940 - 1941

A8283(xv)

Op.26

Two Songs

1. "Weep You No More, Sad Fountains" for male chorus and piano.

2. "Jolly Good Ale and Old" for male chorus and piano.

1 copy along with Opus 18, 27 and 28 - incomplete pencil draft.

2 copies along with Opus 18, 27 and 28. Also pencil draft.

27/3/1943



22-28/4/1943

A8283(xv)

Op.27

Four Australian songs for voice and piano.

1. "Song of Brotherhood"

2. "Australian Felix"

3. "To Thee Beloved Land"

4. "Rise Australia"

2 copies along with Opus18, 26 and 28.

30/10/1943

16/11/1943

2-13/12/1943

27/12/1943

A8283(xv)

Op.28

Seven Piano Preludes.

1. "Variation On a Theme By Alfred Hill - in an Australian Guild of Composers (Sydney) Family Symposium for piano. [1]

2. "Puck"

3. "Soliloquy"

4. "Quips and Becks"

5. "To Leone Stredwick"

6. "Ostinato"

7. "To the memory of my beloved pupil, Lieut. Bernard Chave, killed in heroic battle against the enemy at Singapore, February 1942. On 'Wachet Auf', his favourite chorale."

1 complete copy along with Op.31, 32, 40 and 45.

To Frank Hutchens

(1 copy together with Opus 18, 26, 27)

"To Raymond Hanson"

"To F. Russell Duffield"

"To Mary Helsham"

1 extra pencil copy

12/12/1942

28/12/45 - 2/1/46

27/12/1945

12-18/1/1946

29/12/1945

19-24/1/1946

27/1/1946

A8283(xvi)

Op.29

Nine songs from Blake's "Songs of Innocence" for soprano and flute.

1. "Piping Down the Valleys Wild".

2. "Infant Joy".

3. "Laughing Song".

4. "The Shepherd".

5. "The Ecchoing Green".

6. "The Lamb".

7. "Holy Thursday".

8. "A Cradle Song".

9. "Nurse's Song".

1 copy with separate flute part.

1947

A8283(xvi)

Op.30

"The Answer" Song for Soprano

"Words from the French of Maeterlinck, translated by John Wheeler, music by Alex Burnard". 2 copies
[see extra copy in A8283(xviii)]

Feb 1951

A8283(xvii)

Op.31

Two Preludes and Fugues for Piano.

1. Prelude - Fanfare and Fugue

2. Prelude and Elegiac Fugue

2 copies


"To Raymond Hanson"


"In memoriam Idwal Jenkins".

1949 - 1951

A8283(xv)

Op.32?

Two Preludes on "Wie Schon Leuchtet der Morgenstern"

"To Joan Scott Booty"

1949

A8283(xviii)

Op.33

A Cycle of Six Songs for baritone and piano.

1. "The River"
2. "Night Piece"
3. "Berceuse"


4. "There's Snow on the Mountain"

5. "Carol"

2 copies of cycle
Also melody (only) draft.
Another melody draft together with Op.30.

3 extra copies
3 extra copies
Along with pencil copy of "The Answer" and 1 extra copy.

1 extra copy

2 extra copies

1952

A8283(xix)

Op.35

"Te Deum Laudamus" for baritone, chorus and orchestra.

2 complete copies

July 1954

A8283(xx)

Op.37

Three Shakespeare Sonnets for baritone and orchestra.

1. "Constancy"

2. "The Soul of the Rose"

3. "External Summer"

1 copy piano score (baritone part). Along with Opus 35 in short score, Opus 39 and full orchestral score (in pencil) of Opus 22 (1937 - 1940). 1 copy of orchestral score.

1954

A8283(xxi)

Op.38

Three Choral Canons (S.A.T.B. Chorus)

1. "The Desired Swan-Song"

2. "Henry King"

3. "Jenny Kissed Me"

1 copy along with Opus 35 draft, also pencil copy.

1947

A8283(xxii)

Op.39

Psalm 98 for soprano, baritone, chorus and piano.

Two copies (see also Op. 37)

Aug 1959

A8283(xv)

Op.40

Mixed Emotions and Styles and Periods - Perhaps a Suite for piano.

1. Prelude

2. Sarabande

3. Burla

4. Minuet In Canon

5. Gavotte: Canon by Inversion.

6. Passacaglia

7. "Sans Soucie, Sans Six Sous" (Siciliano)

8. "March of the Non-Dangerous Inmates" with "Revivalist Trio (incorporatia nauseating Quadlibet)."

2 copies.


"To my dear pupil, Janet Palmer"

"To the cherished memory of my beloved pupil, Susanne Baird, whose tragic death occurred at the age of 18, after an operation in Rochester, USA on 13/4/61".

"To dear Joan Malcolm Fri. 24/6/66".

"To Dear Master Thomas Ingoldsby"

"To Dear Colin Watts with best wishes from Alex. Burnard" with additional Xerox copy of original given to Mr Colin Watts.

1961


3/4/1961


13/4/1961








3/4/1961


8/4/1961

9/4/1961


11/4/1961

12/4/1961


13/4/1961

A8284(i)

Op.41

Three Little Occasional Pieces for flute and harp.

1 copy

1962

A8284(ii)

Op.42

Eight Pieces for piano.

1. "Aubade"

2. "Heavy-Footed Humoresque for W.W.3"

3. "Abstract Interlude"

4. "Musette Antique"

5. "Faschingschwank Aus Salzburg (Andante Senza Funicolare)"

6. "Burla"

7. "L'Extase"

8. "Prelude and Fugue on 'Aus Tiefer Noth'"

2 copies

1962

A8284(iii)

Op.43

Further Scenes From Childhood for piano.

1. "Tendresse"

2. "Weary Treadmill - Ad Memoriam Sanctam"

3. "The Light Fantastic"

4. "Walking Tune"

5. "Christmas Carol"


6. "Canon"

7. "The Ecstacy (Mon Bien-Aime)"

2 copies of seven pieces.
(One donated by J.Tall)

"To Dear Margaret Catt"

"To My Darling


"To Diane Selmon"

"To Miriam Hyde"

"To Keith Field, in warm admiration"

"To Robert Bouffler"

"To the Glowing Memory of Peter Warlock"

1966


1/10/1966

26/9/1966


29/9/1966

5/10/1966

7/12/1966


2/12/1966

2/12/1966

A8283(xv)

Op. 45

Two Canons

1. Lord David's Delight.

2. Siciliano in Modo Dorico - Lady Mary's Diversion (Mia Carissima)

"To my D.O.M."

5/8/1967

8/8/1967

A8284(x)

Op.46

Six Chorale Preludes for piano

1. "Aus Tiefer Noth Schrei'Ich Zu Dir".

2. "Erschienen Ist Der Herrliche Tag".

3. "Christ Lag In Todesbanden - Erfurter Enchiridion (1524)"

4. "Jesu, Richte Mein Beginnen (J.S.Bach)"

5. "Herzlich Thut Mich Verlangen"


6. "In Dir Ist Freude (G.G. Gastoldi)"

Two copies together with complete copies of Op.43 and Op.47.

"To the Memory of Ralph Vaughan Williams"

"To John Horner, after 40 years - much water under the bridge"

"To D.O.M." (Darling Olive Mary)

11/1/1968


13/1/1968


16/1/1968


17/1/1968



1/12/1967


5-6/12/1967

A8284(iv)

Op.47

Twelve Folk Song Settings for piano.

1. "The Cuckoo"

2. "The Coolin of Rum"

3. "Brimbledon Fair"

4. "Willow Willow"

5. "The Green Mossy Banks of the Lee"

6. "Farewell. My Dearest Nancy"

7. "Tarry Trowsers"

8. "Early, Early"

9. "The Piper O'Dundee"

10. "Bushes and Briars"

11. "Brigg Fair"


12. "I'm Seventeen Come Sunday"

1 copy of twelve pieces

"To the Heart-Filled Memory of Delius and Grainger"

"To the Memory of Percy Grainger, unique, resplendent Paladin."

1968

13/5/1968

1/6/1968

2/6/1968

3/6/1968

4/6/1968

29/5/1968

5/6/1968

6/6/1968

7/6/1968

10/6/1968

11/6/1968

12-21/6/1968

A8284(v)

Op.48

Three Preludes and Fugues for piano.

2 copies together with Op.7

1970

A8284(vi)

Op.49

String Quartet No.4

1 full score together with separate instrumental part scores.

1970

A8284(vii)

Op.50

Three Songs of Farewell for baritone and piano.

1. "To Daffodils"

2. "Come Away Death"

3. "Fear No More the Heat of the Sun"

2 copies

1970

Other Works Without Opus Numbers

A8281(ix) Sheet music, bookets and pamphlets relating to Sydney University War Memorial Carillon including "Four Experiments for the Sydney University Carillon" by Alex. Burnard 19/7/1936.
A8284(viii) INSTRUMENTAL WORKS

1.Dreaming for piano - November, 1918.
2.Prelude for piano - December, 1921.
3.Carillon - 19 July, 1936.
4. Puffing to Penrith for piano - 8 June, 1957 [another copy in A8283(xv)].
A8284(ix)

VOCAL WORKS

1. "Midsummer Daydreams" (Nov. 1921)
2. '"When That I Was" (1934)
3. "Song of Australia"(arrangement) (1944)
4. "Australian Christmas Carol" (1946)
5. Three Old Songs for soprano and 3 recorders (July - August 1951)
6. Four Fanfares (at back of book) (1952)
7. Magnolia: Song for baritone and piano (April 1952)

A8284(xi) Folder containing fragments, sketches and incomplete works.1921-1970.

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