Prelude to “La Traviata”
by Giuseppe Verdi,
transcribed by Richard Keys Biggs, reprint from J Fischer & Bro, 1916
This is a new printing of the original edition on sturdy acid-free paper. 12 pages. All markings are original. We include a capsule biography,
photo, an ad from 1919, and notes on the music. This well-loved and recognizable opera prelude is an excellent transcription by a prolific
transcriptionist. Highest quality guaranteed. Size of music is 12.5" x 9.5"
This Is Newly Printed Music
arguably the world’s best-known opera composer, and “La Traviata” was his eighteenth opera and was first performed
in 1853. Although Verdi played the organ, he published no organ music and during the 1890s took legal action against British
organists for arranging, playing, and publishing his music for the organ.
Richard Keys Biggs (1886–1962) was born in Ohio and spent much of his life
traveling. At the time of his transcribing this overture, he was organist-choirmaster at St Luke’s
Episcopal Church in Brooklyn before leaving with the U S Navy for France. He composed organ music and choral music in addition to
teaching many organ students, one of whom is Anthony Newman. Moderate.