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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:

Kenneth Trane correspondence, 1966-1967

Identifier: UA 522 Series 15
Scope and Contents note

Kenneth Trane's correspondence.

Dates: Other: 1966-1967

Jean Vernon Gordon Lauper papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1559

Collection of correspondence, diaries and other materials belonging to Jean V. Gordon lauper, 1851-1977.

Dates: 1851-1977

Longhurst music faculty correspondence, 1969-1977

Identifier: UA 522 Series 24
Scope and Contents note

Longhurst's correspondence.

Dates: Other: 1969-1977

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...
Dates: 1925-1992

Merrill Bradshaw departmental secretary files, 1966-1967

Identifier: UA 522 Series 13 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents note

Departmental secretary files.

Dates: Other: 1966-1967

Merrill Bradshaw general correspondence, 1965-1967

Identifier: UA 522 Series 13 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note

General correspondence.

Dates: Other: 1965-1967

Merrill Bradshaw music faculty correspondence, 1965-1967

Identifier: UA 522 Series 13
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

Contains files of the department chair, and general department and faculty records, including correspondence, minutes, procedures, publications, and a sampling of class outlines and examinations.

Dates: Other: 1965-1967

Photographs of Crawford Gates and Frederick H. Clark, date of production not identified

 Item — Box 8: Series 2; Series 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSS 8587 Series 3 Item 8

Thomas Powley Festival of Mormon Art, 1969-1973

Identifier: UA 522 Series 25
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence about the Festival of Mormon Art.

Dates: Other: 1969-1973

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