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Surviving musical archive, chiefly undated, of Gerald W Crawford (1868-1942), a consulting engineer and an Edinburgh city councillor and Justice of the Peace, who was well known in his day for his musical activities, especially as composer and conductor of several orchestras including, latterly, one of his own.

Identifier: MSS.21881-21974

Scope and Contents

Most of the compositions of G W Crawford are written on a large scale and the collection consists chiefly of full scores, piano reductions and orchestral parts. There are very few drafts or sketches: almost all the compositions are in their final form, and many are in the hands of copyists. Most of the works are undated. Those dates that appear (usually on the last page or leaf) range from 1892 to 1941, but it is rarely clear whether these are of composition, revision or performance. Almost all are unpublished, including those composed pseudonymously. A few of his early compositions have opus numbers.


  • Creation: 1892-1941, undated.

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94 Volumes

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The papers are arranged as follows.

MSS.21881-21910. Orchestral music. MSS.21911-21919. Scottish music. MSS.21920-21924. Music for voices. MSS.21925-21931. Ballet and dance music for orchestra. MSS.21932-21935. Music for band. MSS.21936-21967. Music for stage works. MSS.21968-21974. Chamber music and songs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1973, by the Scottish Branch of the Musicians' Union through the good offices of the Edinburgh Central Library.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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