Crawford (Seeger), Ruth (Porter)
- Judith Tick
(b East Liverpool, OH, July 3, 1901; d Chevy Chase, MD, Nov 18, 1953). American composer and folk music specialist. She had two important careers in a relatively short lifetime: as a composer, she was an outstanding figure among early American modernists in the 1920s and early 1930s; as a specialist in American traditional music, she transcribed, edited and arranged important anthologies in the 1940s and early 1950s.
Crawford received her earliest musical training while living in Jacksonville, Florida, between 1912 and 1921. Piano lessons with Madame Valborg Collett (a pupil of Agathe Grøndahl) from 1917 to 1920 led to further study at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago with Heniot Levy (1921–3) and Louise Robyn (1921–4). She gained skill in composition from Adolph Weidig (c1923–1929). Equally formative were her piano studies from about 1925 to 1927 with the Canadian teacher Djane Lavoie Herz, a disciple of Skryabin. Through Madame Herz, Crawford came into contact with Cowell and Rudhyar. By ...