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Biggs, Edward George Power (E. Power Biggs)

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1977 AD, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Organist


1906 - Born on the 29th of March in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England.

       - English-born American organist who brought to many listeners their first acquaintance with the distinctive, incisive colours of the Baroque organ and with the monumental Baroque organ repertory.

1930 - After training at the Royal Academy of Music in London, settled in the United States.

1942-1958 - Through appearances with major orchestras and weekly radio broadcasts, he established the organ as a concert instrument.

       - Refusing to perform on electronic organs, he sought out and recorded on organs surviving from the era of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.

       - He also commissioned organ works by Walter Piston, Roy Harris, and other 20th-century composers.

      - After arthritis forced him to retire, he published editions of early organ music. His playing was marked by a classical clarity and severity.
1977 - He died on the 10th of March in Boaton, Massachusetts.


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