E. Power Biggs

Biography

Born: March 29, 1906; Westcliff, England   Died: March 10, 1977; Boston, MA  
E. Power Biggs studied music at the Royal Academy of Music, emigrating to the U.S. in 1930 and becoming a citizen in 1937. He concertized widely, eventually broadcasting a weekly radio program from 1942-1958 on a classic Aeolian-Skinner organ from the Musch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University. This program alone brought the sound of organ music, particularly that of the Baroque, to an unprecedented large audience.

Biggs' inexhaustible
Read more energy as a performer was instrumental to the popularization of both the organ and Baroque music, and his activities extended well beyond these broadcasts. He toured and recorded widely, playing a huge variety of modern and historic organs and the music best suited for them, eventually expanding his repertory into every period of music. A series of LPs Biggs recorded for Columbia in the 1960s did much to make Bach's organ masterpieces familiar to a variety of listeners that ranged well beyond the traditional classical audience. Biggs also courted crossover listeners with a recording of Scott Joplin rags made on the pedal harpsichord.

He also worked with a number of contemporary composers on commissions, including Walter Piston and Roy Harris. After the onset of arthritis, which led to a forced retirement, Biggs concentrated on editing and publishing early organ music. By the time of his death in 1977, the name E. Power Biggs had become synonymous with the organ for several generations of music lovers. Read less

Biography

Born: March 29, 1906; Westcliff, England   Died: March 10, 1977; Boston, MA  
E. Power Biggs studied music at the Royal Academy of Music, emigrating to the U.S. in 1930 and becoming a citizen in 1937. He concertized widely, eventually broadcasting a weekly radio program from 1942-1958 on a classic Aeolian-Skinner organ from the Musch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University. This program alone brought the sound of organ music, particularly that of the Baroque, to an unprecedented large audience.

Biggs' inexhaustible
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Toccata
Fugue
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian": Toccata
Fugue
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: Toccata
Adagio
Fugue
I. Adagio
Allegro moderato
Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato
Presto
Maestoso
Allegro
Toccata
Fugue
Passacaglia (and Fugue) in C minor, BWV 582: Passacaglia
(Fugue)
Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590: I. [Pastorale]
II. [Allegro]
III. [Adagio]
IV. [Allegro vivace]
Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "The Great": Prelude
Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543: Prelude
Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544: Prelude
Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545: Prelude
Fugue
I. [ ]
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526: I. Vivace
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527: I. Andante
II. Adagio e dolce
III. Vivace
Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528: I. Adagio. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Un poco Allegro
Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530: I. Vivace
II. Lento
III. Allegro
I. Prelude: Andante 6/8
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 3/4; Moderato 4/4
III. Finale: Lento; Allegro moderato 4/4
I. Adagio
Allegro moderato
Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato
Presto
Maestoso
Allegro
Toccata
Fugue
Passacaglia (and Fugue) in C minor, BWV 582: Passacaglia
(Fugue)
Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590: I. [Pastorale]
II. [Allegro]
III. [Adagio]
IV. [Allegro vivace]
Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "The Great": Prelude
Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543: Prelude
Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544: Prelude
Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545: Prelude
Fugue
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (1924): I. Prelude: Andante 6/8
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto 3/4; Moderato 4/4
III. Finale: Lento; Allegro moderato 4/4


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