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Dr. Crawford Gates   


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The composer is currently working with the librarians and archivists at Brigham Young University (UT) on the Crawford Gates Archive, begun in 2006. The archive contains 873 original works and arrangements composed since the age of eight, plus correspondence, pictures, awards, and recordings. Gates is one of six Utah citizens named “Pioneers of Progress” in 2009; the celebration included newspaper articles, television interviews, celebratory dinner, portrait, and banner, and a place in the Days of ‘47 Parade.


The commissioned work Piano Sonata, opus 111, was introduced by Jenny Naylor Richards, at the June 2007 National Federation of Music Clubs Convention, Salt Lake City, UT. Also in 2007, the film score Franklin, opus 112, received its premiere from the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra, with the composer conducting; while Clif Cole presented the song As Evening Sets on the Yellowstone, opus 113, in Salt Lake City. A Tonal Trio, opus 114, for flute, cello, and piano, was first heard in a 2008 performance by Susan Goodfellow, Elliott Cheney, and Lawrence Gee, University of Utah. The commissioned work Brighton Processional, opus 115, was introduced in 2008 by Brighton High School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Alan Madsen; while tenor James miller sang The Healing Power of Jesus Christ, Song Cycle No. 4, opus 117, in Orem, UT.


An arrangement of the hymn O My Father, opus O, No. 17, was performed on national television in April 2009 by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In Our Lovely “Desparate,” a spoof on the hymn, was presented by the composer in June, at Daniel’s Summit, UT. Excerpts from Promised Valley opus 19, was performed by a 364-voice chorus, brass, and percussion ensemble, under the direction of Michael Huff, at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers 2009 Pioneer Day Celebration, in the Salt Lake City (UT) Tabernacle. The composer led the University of Utah Flute Choir in a performance of Sails, Winds and Echoes, opus 54.


Baptism, Opus E, No. 35; for children’s choir, soprano, flute, two violins, horn, bass, harp, and piano.


Beloved Mormon Hymns, arranged for orchestra; Hollywood Sinfonia under the direction of the composer; Deseret Music of Crawford Gates, original music for voice, violin, piano, choir, brass choir, and children’s choir; recorded live at Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UT; CD and DVD; Symphony No. 2, Music to the Hill Cumorah Pageant, Opus 29; Utah Symphony and Brigham Young University Combined Choirs, under the direction of the composer; Symphony No. 6, New Music to the Hill Cumorah Pageant, Opus 75; Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony, under the direction of the composer; Pentameron, Piano Concerto No. 2, Reflections on the Trek, Opus 80; pianist Grant Johannesen, Utah Symphony, directed by the composer; Visions of Eternity: Oratorio for Chorus, Soloists, and Orchestra, Opus 87; conducted by Kevin Call, Ricks College, ID; Promised Valley, Opus 19, musical play; Utah Symphony, Chorus, and Solists, conducted by the composer; all by Positive Music.

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