Walter Ehret

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Interview Date: 
June 9, 2007
Date of Birth: 
April 12, 1918
Deceased Date: 
November 16, 2009
Job Title: 
Arranger
Company: 
Shawnee Press, Theodore Presser Music Publishing Company, Carl Fischer Publishing Company, Belwin Publishing Company, Boosey and Hawkes

Walter Ehret was the music arrangers’ equivalent to Mel Blanc – the man with a thousand voices. Walter was the man with a thousand pseudonyms. Under his various names, he arranged for most of the major publishers over a career that spanned over 50 years. His work was mostly centered around choral music. He had a strong interest in bringing to light lost works and works of composers who had gone largely unnoticed. He was a pioneer in music publishing and a man with great talent.  His NAMM Oral History was completed on June 9, 2007.  Mr. Ehret passed away in the fall of 2009.