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Gates, Crawford

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1921-

Biographical History

Crawford Gates (1921- ) is an American conductor and composer. He has written music that is very well known and loved in the Mormon community and is best known for his work "Promised Valley" and the hymn, "Our Savior's Love."

Crawford Gates was born in December 1921, in San Francisco. He grew up in Palo Alto, California, and was educated in that city, with Stanford University right there. He was influenced culturally by the plays and concerts available to him, and at the age of eight could play the piano and composed his first piece. In high school, he had the opportunity to take high quality viola lessons and played that until his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (in the eastern states mission) at the age of eighteen. Crawford Gates composed his first piece of music at the age of eight and has since then composed over eight hundred titles. He wrote ten more pieces between the ages of eight and twelve and then the depression hit. In 1932 his family lost everything and they lived in semi-poverty for six years. He was drafted into the navy at the age of twenty. He got out of the war in 1946. After the war he received his BA at San Jose State University, his MA at Brigham Young University under the direction of LeRoy Robertson, and his PhD from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He also studied conducting under the direction of Eleazar de Carvalho and Hans Swarowsky.

His composer debut was at Stanford University in 1938. He was a conductor of the Utah Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and Opera at Brigham Young University, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. His compositions include six stage works, seven symphonies, tone poems, suites, concertos, numerous choral arrangements, four major choral works, trumpet concertino and horn sonata, and a pentameron for piano and orchestra.

His recordings include Symphony No. 2, Orchestral Setting of Beloved Mormon Hymns, included on Philadelphia Orchestra Album; The Lord's Prayer and A Jubilant Song; Music to the New Hill Cumorah Pageant, 1988; Promised Valley.

Citation

International Who's Who is Classical Music 2010, 2010: p. 289 (b. December 29, 1921; m. Georgia Lauper 1952 and had two sons and two daughters, attended San Jose State College (for his BA), Brigham Young University (for his MA), Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (for his PhD), debut at Stanford University as composer 1938; Utah Symphony as conductor; Symphony Orchestra and Opera, Brigham Young Univ.; Rockford Symphony Orchestra 1970-86; Compositions include: six stage works, seven symphonies, Tone Poems, Suites, Concertos, numerous choral arrangements, four major choral works, trumpet concertino, and horn sonata; Pentameron for piano and orchestra; Recordings: Symphony No. 2, Orchestral Setting of Beloved Mormon Hymns, included on Philadelphia Orchestra Album; The Lord's Prayer and A Jubilant Song; Music to the New Hill Cumorah Pageant, 1988; Promised Valley)

Crawford Gates audio cassettes, 1953-1967 (born in San Francisco 1921; grew up and educated there with Stanford University right there; influenced culturally, plays, concerts, etc. played viola until mission; composed 10 pieces between ages of 8 and 12, then depression hit; 1932, they lost everything; lived in semi-poverty for 6 years; served mission eastern states mission at 18; got out of war in 1946; after war education: LeRoy Robertson at BYU)

Found in 39 Collections and/or Records:

A. Harold Goodman correspondence, 1966-1967

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 16
Scope and Contents note A. Harold Goodman's correspondence.
Dates: Other: 1966-1967

A. Harold Goodman files, 1964-1968

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 19
Scope and Contents note A. Harold Goodman's files.
Dates: Other: 1964-1968

Brigham Young University Choruses, 1940-1970

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 22
Scope and Contents note Memos about BYU choirs.
Dates: Other: 1940-1970

Brigham Young University meeting minutes, 1955-1967

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 522 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains copies of meeting minutes, primarily of the Department of Music or the College of Fine Arts.
Dates: 1955-1967

Brigham Young University music faculty correspondence, 1955-1968

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 20
Scope and Contents note Correspondence from the Department of Music faculty.
Dates: Other: 1955-1968

Brigham Young University music faculty outgoing correspondence, 1968

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 17
Scope and Contents note Outgoing correspondence from the music department faculty.
Dates: Other: 1968

Brigham Young University printed concert and lyceum programs presented by Music Department, 1930-1964

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 21
Scope and Contents note Programs printed about events sponsored by the Music Department.
Dates: Other: 1930-1964

Brigham Young University proposal to Ford Foundation, 1961

 Series — Box: 13, Folder: 10
Identifier: UA 522 Series 9
Scope and Contents Contains a proposal to the Ford Foundation, dating from 1961.
Dates: 1961

Brigham Young University recital programs, 1948-2000

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 12
Scope and Contents Contains copies of recital programs associated with the Department of Music.
Dates: 1948-2000

Clayne Robison files, 1963-1978

 Series
Identifier: UA 522 Series 26
Scope and Contents note Clayne Robison's files.
Dates: Other: 1963-1978