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private38 003Photo credit: Don Hunstein Portrait of E. Power Biggs (1906-1977)

One of the world’s renowned organists, is a British born musician, who came to the United States and almost single handed elevated the organ into a concert instrument.

Biggs refused to play on electronic organs. He was instrumental through his music in the rebuilding of old church organs, that were still to be found throughout Europe, in spite of the damage done to many churches in the 20th Century, during the two World Wars and subsequent events.

The Freiburg im Breisgau Gothic Cathedral Tower (also called “Muenster”) with its intricate open work style spire made of sandstone withstood the severe bombing of November 1944 by the Allies of the town and surrounding areas because of its open lattice type stone work.

The famous Swiss art and culture historian and author Jacob Burckhardt (1918-1897) called this tower one of the world’s most beautiful specimen of the 13th Century.

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The particular record shown above in this post is a 1975 Columbia Record M33514 produced by Andrew Kardin,with E. Power Biggs playing the four Antiphonal Organs in the Freiberg Cathedral in Germany simultaneously. Here are the comments by E. Power Biggs from the back of this record and the respective soundtracks.



The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Freiburg  or “Muenster” has a fascinating  complex building history. Below you will can hear the organs on another record with Bach toccatas and fugues played by E. Power Biggs (Columbia M32933). A very good link for those who would like to visit Cathedrals for religious services or just to admire the architecture and to understand the spread of the Roman Catholic Faith throughout the centuries is here.