Richard Elliott, one of the three noted tabernacle organists of The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle, plays the 206-rank, 11,623-pipe Opus 1075 (1948) Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in a program of works book-ended by two different arrangements of the famous closing theme of the weekly Mormon Tabernacle broadcasts: As the Dew from Heaven Distilling. Works by Wagner, Mendelssohn, Franck, and Vierne are included on the program.
This biographical sketch was current as of the original production date of the corresponding recording in 1994.
Richard Elliott is one of three full-time organists at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, where he participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their weekly radio and TV broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word.”
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Elliott received his early musical training at the Peabody Conservatory. He went on to study organ at the Catholic University of America, the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he received the BMus degree, and the Eastman School of Music, where he received MM and DMA degrees. His organ teachers include David Craighead, Dale Krider, William Watkins and John Weaver.
Prior to his appointment as a Tabernacle organist, Dr. Elliott was an assistant professor of organ at Brigham Young University. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and accompanist in the United States and Europe, has appeared as soloist with the Utah Symphony and the Salt Lake Symphony, and for several years was assistant organist at the John Wanamaker Department Store in Philadelphia. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Elliott appeared as an “emerging artist” at the guild’s 1992 national convention. He appears as accompanist on several commercial recordings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. ”In the Shadows of the Everlasting Hills” is his debut solo recording.
Excerpt, Track 1, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling, arr. Schreiner • J. J. Daynes
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The Diapason Dr. Elliot does not sell us short on virtuosity, as his unabashed rendition of the frightfully virtuosic Lemare transcription of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries attests in earnest ...Richard Elliott draws a sumptuous palette of tone color from the instrument... Richard Elliott”s sensitive pacing is sheer perfection... Well played, well-recorded, and packaged with beautiful color photos and the organ specification, it is a superb momento of a momentous American Classic."