Adam Craik Smyth

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 02
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about the early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1970
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
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Title Adam Craik Smyth
Description piece is ever remembered to have had such an extraordinary long continued reception, it having been on the stage in four theatres in New York at the same time for months."2 In 1881 Smyth moved from Salt Lake City to Sanpete County,locating in Fountain Green, where he homesteaded and continued to teach school, direct music and organize singing groups. He was later induced to move to Manti from Fountain Green through the efforts of Bishop William T. Reid of Manti who conceived the idea of getting Smyth the position of recorder in the Manti Temple, and also give Manti the benefit of this musicianship. This temple position offered Smyth the first financial ease he had felt since leaving England. In addition to being Temple recorder, Smyth had charge of the music in the Temple, and he was also appointed director of the Manti Tabernacle Choir, which he did very successfully. During his years as director of the choir, he established a music tradition which is still felt for good. He endeared himself to the singers, and those who knew him respected him deeply as an out-standing director and musician. Picture for a moment a choir rehearsal during that pioneer period. Coal oil lamps were used for light, around which would fly thousands of bugs and insects. The building was heated in the winter time by a stove and a long row of stove piptes runing from the stove to the chimney flue. Choir members would seat themselves around the stove and a curtain would be drawn around the group to conserve as much of the heat as possible. Then practice continued for two hours and was evenly divided between the study of music notation and the learning of new songs. Most of the music was laborously written by Smyth or his choir members from a single copy of printed music. Music was not as easily had in pioneer days as it is now, and Smyth wrote and arranged practically all of his organ and orchestra accompaniments Cor something like two hundred numbers. The most interesting document relative to Smyth's music activities in Manti is the Manti Choir Roll Book, bound in leather, comprising 287 pages - The following list partially indicated the scope of its contents and 2 Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians. - 30 -
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 2
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324173
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