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Gates, Crawford



  • Existence: 1921-

Biographical History

Crawford Gates (1921- ) is an American conductor and composer. He has written music that is very well known and he 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 Hymns, included on Philadelphia Orchestra Album; The Lord's Prayer and A Jubilant Song; Music to the New Hill Cumorah Pageant, 1988; Promised Valley.

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 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:

Collection on Sand in their Shoes

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231022168]
Identifier: UA 472
Scope and Contents

Includes two copies of the script to Sand in their Shoes, a souvenir program, and newspaper clippings about the play and performances.

Dates: approximately 1959

Crawford Gates audio-visual materials, 1930-2014

Identifier: MSS 7762 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Reel-to-reels, CDs, microfilms, and other audio-visual material of Crawford Gates' works from 1942 to 2011. Dated 1930-2011.

Dates: 1930-2014

Crawford Gates ephemera, 1937-2011

Identifier: MSS 7762 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks, plaques, photographs, certificates, and other material from the life of Crawford Gates. Includes a poster presentation given about him by Darcy Whetten in 2009, as well as gifts given to him throughout his career. Dated 1937-2011.

Dates: 1937-2011

Crawford Gates files, 1962-1968

Identifier: UA 522 Series 18
Scope and Contents note

Crawford Gates' files.

Dates: Other: 1962-1968

Crawford Gates interviews, 1961-1963

Identifier: UA 522 Series 23
Scope and Contents note

Crawford Gates' interviews.

Dates: Other: 1961-1963

Crawford Gates manuscripts and scores, 1933-2011

Identifier: MSS 7762 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Sketches, manuscripts, scores, and instrumental and choral parts of works composed or arranged by Crawford Gates from 1933 to 2011. Also includes publications of the parts of some of these works. Dated 1933-2011.

Dates: 1933-2011

Crawford Gates personal papers, 1929-2014

Identifier: MSS 7762 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, journals, newspaper clippings and other papers pertaining to the the life and work of Crawford Gates from 1929 to 2012. His correspondence includes those to and from his parents, professional associates, and other family and friends; the journals were written within the above time period; newspaper clippings are related to his major works and success. Dated 1929-2014.

Dates: 1929-2014

Department of Music chair correspondence, minutes, and other materials, 1961-1962

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 522 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, minutes, and other materials produced during Crawford Gates' term as department chair.

Dates: 1961-1962

Department of Music class outlines, exams, and assignments, 1950-1964

 Series — Box 13: Series 5; Series 6; Series 7; Series 8; Series 9; Series 10; Series 11 [Barcode: 31197231023562], Folder: 12
Identifier: UA 522 Series 11
Scope and Contents

A sampling of class outlines, exams, and assignments.

Dates: 1950-1964

Department of Music clinics and festivals, 1955

 Series — Box 13: Series 5; Series 6; Series 7; Series 8; Series 9; Series 10; Series 11 [Barcode: 31197231023562], Folder: 9
Identifier: UA 522 Series 8
Scope and Contents

Contains form letters and newsletters regarding music clinics and festivals. Materials date from 1955.

Dates: 1955

Additional filters:

Archival Object 35
Collection 4
Colleges and Universities 30
Education 30
Music -- Instruction and study -- Utah -- Provo 29
Letters 17
Files (Records) 7