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Durham, Lowell M.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1917-1992

biographical statement

Citation

UPB Files, MSS 8150, February 1, 2013 (born on March 4, 1917 to George H. Durham and Nellie Marsden; 1941, he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, married Betty Dee Divers on April 26, 1941; received a Master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1942, and a Ph.D. from there in 1945; post-doctoral work was completed at Columbia University and NYU; returned to the University of Utah in 1946 as a faculty member; served in executive positions on the Music Critics Association and the American Musicological Society; music critic for the Salt Lake Tribune; musical director of KSL; Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in 1955; retired in 1964; had three children: Lowell M., Jr., Susan, and Thomas L. Durham.)

Ancestry.com, February 19, 2013 (Lowell M. Durham, b. 1917). (Durham died on November 10, 1992 in Salt Lake City; born March 4, 1917 in Utah.)

AncientFaces.com, February 19, 2013 (Lowell M. Durham). (born in Utah March 4, 1917.)

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Lowell M. Durham papers

 Series
Identifier: MSS 8150
Scope and Contents Contains sheet music, drafts, and clippings by Durham. Includes sheet music for his pieces, as well as compositions by composer Crawford Gates. Collection also contains several materials related to Durham's book on Maurice Abravanel, his research as well on Mormon musicians, and many newspaper and magazine clippings with news on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony, and music programs at the University of Utah. Some personal papers are also included, such as notes, personal report cards,...

Lowell M. Durham academic and personal papers, 1925-1992

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8150 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains materials relating to Durham's personal life and research. Includes correspondence between Durham and Crawford Gates and his family, correspondence with his son and extended family members, and his personal notes and memos to colleagues and friends. Also contains collected clippings on the obituaries of his friends and colleages, like C. Lowell Lees. Includes some of his report cards from early childhood and newspaper articles on his family members, like his wife and father. Some...

Lowell M. Durham articles and drafts, 1925-1992

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8150 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains materials written by and collected by Durham related to Utah and Mormon music and musicians. Most of the material consists of drafts of chapters from Durham's book on Maurice Abravanel, complete with notes and edits. Also contains some research material, including a few clippings and a list of recordings of the Utah Symphony. There are articles written by Durham and others as well, such as his earlier draft of "The Abravanel Years," the article "Pioneer Symphony" by Conrad B....

Lowell M. Durham clippings, 1945-1991

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8150 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains newspaper and article clippings collected by Durham related to Mormon music topics and research. This is primarily composed of reviews of musical performances by the Utah Symphony and University of Utah music programs. There are foreign materials from the Utah Symphony's international tour under Maurice Abravanel. They also contain news on the Symphony, such as the appointment of new conductors Joseph Silverstein and Varujan Kojian. Some materials discuss the fine arts in the Soviet...

Lowell M. Durham ephemera, 1934-1994

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8150 Series 7
Scope and Contents Contains miscellaneous material related to Durham. Includes a copy of the book "Worship and Music In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint," a book with programs given by the Utah Symphony, three pamphlets of questions on the Utah Symphony Orchestra, programs from other performances, flyers, and magazines. Also includes audiocassettes from class lectures and tapes of "Abravanel Hour," as well as one floppy disk. Materials date from between 1934 and 1994.

Lowell M. Durham papers on Mormon music, 1920-1993

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8150 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains Durham's files on Mormon music and musicians. Many of these materials relate to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, including correspondence on replacing the conductor of the choir and clippings of reviews of their performances. Includes mentions the careers of Jay Welch and Richard Condie. Also includes several pieces of research on Mormon musicians with Ph.D.s in music. Research on hymnody in the Mormon Church is included as well, such as published articles and books. Materials date from...

Lowell M. Durham papers on Utah musicians, 1940-1991

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8150 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains files on Durham's colleagues. Includes documents on people like Maurice Abravanel, Crawford Gates, Jay Welch, Varujan Kojian, and Leroy Robertson. A variety of materials are included, such as newspaper clippings of reviews of the works done by these people, notes on their careers, even some correspondence. There are as well materials related to the creation of the Leroy Robertson foundation and the publication of the book on Maurice Abravanel. Some of these relate as well to the Utah...

Lowell M. Durham sheet music, 1945-1990

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8150 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains loose sheet music for compositions by Durham and others. Includes several copies of Durham's piece "Lyric Folk-Scape, Op. 19," as well as the works like "Once in Royal David's City," and "Calm as a Summer's Morn." Also contains copies of music composed by Crawford Gates, such as "Promised Valley," and "O Lord, Do Not Despise Me." There are a few pieces arranged by Durham which were composed by his father, George H. Durham, like the composition "A New England Pastoral Sketch."...