Biggs, E. Power (Edward Power), 1906-1977

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E. Power Biggs was born in Essex, England, on March 29, 1906. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He began to concertize in the United States in 1930, and by 1937 had become an American citizen. By 1960, he was a well-known recitalist, broadcaster, and recording artist with Columbia Studios. In 1958, working with the Dutch organbuilder D.A. Flentrop, he helped to design a three-manual, mechanical-action organ for the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard. E. Power Biggs used this organ widely for concerts and recordings, and its quality added to his fame and reputation. He died in Boston on March 10, 1977.

From the description of A collection of concert programs and promotional publications about the concert and recording career of E. Power Biggs, organist. (Organ Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 660823585

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referencedIn E. Power Biggs collection, [ca. 1969-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Correspondence from the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation Collection, 1894-1953, (bulk 1920-1953) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Bragaw, Charles L. Collection 1950-1982. Boulder Public Library
creatorOf Biggs, E. Power (Edward Power), 1906-1977. Correspondence with Eugene Ormandy, 1956-1958. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. The John Kirkpatrick papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Leonard Altman Papers, 1930-1995 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Biggs, E. Power (Edward Power), 1906-1977. Papers, 1973-1977. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. The Karl Weigl Papers. 1894-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Biggs, E. Power (Edward Power), 1906-1977. A collection of concert programs and promotional publications about the concert and recording career of E. Power Biggs, organist. Organ Historical Society
referencedIn Greenough, H. V. (H. Vose). Papers from the H. Vose Greenough Jr. collection, 1937-1972 (bulk 1948-1955). Library of Congress
referencedIn Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. The Charles Ives papers, 1874-1983 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Henderson, Lucy Gregory. Papers, 1941-1961 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn The Charles Ives Papers, 1874-1983 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Borkow, Albert L.,. Collection : of autographed photographs, 1954-1980. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917. Treemonisha : Finale, A real slow drag / Scott Joplin ; arr. E. Power Biggs. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Philadelphia Orchestra. Transcription of WFLN radio broadcast [sound recording], 1962 October 5. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Altman, Leonard, 1920-1996. Leonard Altman papers, 1930-1995. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Philadelphia Orchestra. Transcription of WFLN radio broadcast [sound recording], 1963 September 27. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn The Karl Weigl Papers, 1894-1986 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers from the H. Vose Greenough Jr. Collection, 1937-1972, 1948-1955 Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario, 1895-1968. Toccata for organ, op. 159 (1953) : on the name of Edward George Power Biggs / Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Altman, Leonard, 1920-1996. person
associatedWith Borkow, Albert L., person
associatedWith Bragaw, Charles L. person
associatedWith Busch-Reisinger Museum (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario, 1895-1968. person
correspondedWith Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague, 1864-1953 person
associatedWith Flentrop D. A. (Dirk Andries), 1910-2003. person
associatedWith Greenough, H. V. (H. Vose) person
associatedWith Henderson, Lucy Gregory. person
associatedWith Holtkamp, Walter, 1894-1962. person
associatedWith Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. person
associatedWith Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917. person
associatedWith Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. person
associatedWith Owen, Barbara, b. 1933. person
associatedWith Philadelphia Orchestra. corporateBody
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith University of Chicago. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. corporateBody
associatedWith Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. person
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Massachusetts--Cambridge
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Concert programs
Organists
Organ (musical instrument)
Organ (Musical instrument)--History
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Birth 1906-03-29

Death 1977-03-10

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