Discipline: Music Composition

Hayes Biggs

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Bronxville, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1984, 2005, 2010

Hayes Biggs worked on several projects. These include the completion of a set of three preludes on hymn tunes for organ, commissioned by Gail Archer; the last two songs of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, a cycle for soprano and piano on religious poetry by Hopkins, Herbert, Kenyon and others; and a quintet for piano and strings. His "Symphonia brevis" (Symphony No. 1 for Classical Orchestra) received its premiere at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and a recording of his String Quartet: O Sapientia/Steal Away, performed by the Avalon String Quartet, was released on the Albany Records label.



Hayes Biggs worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio and recital hall for chamber music, the latter purpose was soon found to be too disruptive to…

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