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I am about to start some research into the life and work of Richard Keys Biggs the American organist and composer - father of the composer John Biggs. If anyone has any info. that they wouldn't mind sharing then please PM me.

 

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I doubt whether this adds anything to what you already know but:

 

'Richard Keys Biggs (1886-1962) held positions at several important Roman Catholic churches, most notably the Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood, California, and was highly regarded as a teacher, composer and recitalist. His Toccata (Deo Gratias) is dedicated to fellow American organist David Craighead.'

 

The above piece is a good bet if you're looking for an easy toccata - somewhere in the difficulty range of Herbert Chapell's 'Songs of Praise'.

 

I didn't know he was related to E. Power Biggs - I'll put that in the notes next time I trot out the toccata.

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I doubt whether this adds anything to what you already know but:

 

'Richard Keys Biggs (1886-1962) held positions at several important Roman Catholic churches, most notably the Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood, California, and was highly regarded as a teacher, composer and recitalist. His Toccata (Deo Gratias) is dedicated to fellow American organist David Craighead.'

 

The above piece is a good bet if you're looking for an easy toccata - somewhere in the difficulty range of Herbert Chapell's 'Songs of Praise'.

 

I didn't know he was related to E. Power Biggs - I'll put that in the notes next time I trot out the toccata.

 

Thanks!

 

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I didn't know he was related to E. Power Biggs - I'll put that in the notes next time I trot out the toccata.

 

Watch it with this bit - Prof. Thomas Murray doesn't think he was related - I had better check where I got it from!

 

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