Denis Wright/W J Duthoit - is there a connection?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by slaidpog, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. slaidpog

    slaidpog New Member

    Having conducted/played many of Denis Wright's show selections ( e.g. Carousel, King and I, West Side Story, etc.) and now finding myself also playing Tuba in a Concert Wind Band, I find that they too have the same selections, but arranged by W J Duthoit with the same titles, transition passages and finales as the brass band arrangements.
    Does anyone know if there is a connection between these two gentlemen? It seems surprising that two different arrangers produce the same work.

    There is an apocryphal story that W J Duthoit, who was professor of instrumentation at Kneller Hall, used to get his students to arrange an individual song from a particular show and then he would link the students efforts together to produce the finished selection. (Story told to me by two former student bandmasters at Kneller Hall.)

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