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22 December 2011

Rosalie Bonighton (1946-2011)

Rosalie Bonighton Image: Rosalie Bonighton  

[Updated 8 February - SMH obituary link]

The AMC notes with sadness the death of composer Rosalie Bonighton. She passed away on 21 December 2011 at the St John of God hospital in her home town of Ballarat, surrounded by family and friends.

Bonighton's music was influenced by plainchant, British and Celtic folk song, but she was equally interested in the extended harmonic tensions of late German Romanticism, multi-rhythms, jazz harmonies and syncopated effects.

Bonighton studied under Keith Humble, Ian Bonighton, Theodore Dollarhide and Lawrence Whiffin. She completed her Master of Arts at La Trobe University in composition, writing her thesis on contemporary liturgical music. Her works were commissioned by, among others, the National Liturgical Music Convention, the Royal School of Church Music Australia, the University of Ballarat, and the Australian Music Examinations Board. In addition to her activity as a composer, Bonighton worked as a school organist, a parish organist/music director, and a piano accompanist.

AMC resources

Rosalie Bonighton - AMC profile

External links

'Australian liturgical musician with an international reputation' - an obituary by Bronislaw Sozanski in the Sydney Morning Herald (3 February 2012)

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