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
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6251g92
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 324215
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6251g92

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Title Adam Craik Smyth
Description because: "Smyth was appointed Chairman of the committee to compile the Psalmody. At that time, much music was being published in the Juvenile Instructor, and a lot of it was of an inferior nature in Smyth's estimation. George Q. Cannon was so insistent that some of it be published in the Psalmody, that Smuth resigned from the committee."5 3. An agreement was entered into between Smyth and the Stake Presidency in Manti in which Smyth was to receive two hundred dollars a year for directing the choir. The Stake Presidency asked that Symth give concerts to raise money for his salary. If the concerts should raise more than the two hundred dollars, the difference was to be turned over to the Stake Presidency to reimburse them for money already advanced on his salary, in the amount of $137.00. Smyth's reaction to this request was nega- tive, which led to his resignation, but after five months he was again rriade director of the choir and continued to give service through the organisation which included singing at the dedications of the Manti and Salt Lake Temples. Speaking of Smyth, one of Utah's prominent musicians6 who taught at Brigham Young University for years, and also was the accompanist for Smyth's choir said, "Smyth was partly vocalist and partly instrumentalist. He could sit down to the organ and play in a masterful way. As a director he was very thorough and orderly. He kept a record of every rehearsal and meeting. In his leading he was inspirational. He was so clever with the baton that the singers knew exactly what he meant. He prepared them for holds, attacks, releases, dynamics, etc., and rendered choral effect which gave great satisfaction to the listeners as well as the singers. He was a very congenial man, very jolly, a thorough musician and the performer of a great amount of work. I recall that he wrote practically all the orchestra scores for hymns, anthems, and selections from the oratorios. I have worked with and under the most prominent directors of Utah over long periods of time, and in comparison, A.C. Smyth stands very high indeed. 5 Edgar T. Reid. 6 Clair W. Reid. - 32 -
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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 324175
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6251g92/324175