Song of the Day: Beauty and the Beast – Prologue (Instrumental) by Alan Menken

Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack of Disney’s 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature Beauty and the Beast. The original songs were composed by Alan Menken; with lyrics by Howard Ashman. The album won the Academy Award for Best Original Score, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. It was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Film Score (lost to the score of the film Strictly Ballroom).

In 2001, the soundtrack was re-released as a “Special Edition” to coincide with the IMAX re-issue of the film. The new release featured the film version of Transformation, which had been replaced with an early unused version in some early pressings, the newly animated song Human Again, the original instrumental intended for the Transformation scene, (titled Death of the Beast [Early Version] here) and demos for Be Our Guest and the title track. In October 2010, as a “Diamond Edition” Soundtrack, to coincide with the successful Blu-ray and DVD Diamond Edition release of the film, the 1991 version of the soundtrack was released and included Jordin Sparks’ version of “Beauty and the Beast” as a bonus track.

Alan Menken

Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American musical theatre and film composer and pianist.

Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast,Aladdin, and Pocahontas have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for The Hunchback of Notre DameHercules,Home on the RangeThe Shaggy DogEnchanted, and most recently, Tangled. Menken has collaborated on several occasions with lyricists includingHoward Ashman, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater and Stephen Schwartz. With eight Academy Award wins (four each for Best Original Score and Best Original Song), Menken is the second most prolific Oscar winner in a music category after Alfred Newman, who has nine Oscars.

Birth name Alan Irwin Menken
Born July 22, 1949 (age 64)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop, musical theatre, operatic pop, film score
Occupations Composer, songwriter, pianist, record producer
Instruments Piano, keyboard, Guitar, Violin
Years active 1980-present
Labels Disneyland, Walt Disney Records, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater,Stephen Schwartz, Lisbeth Scott, Gonzaguinha, Elton John,Scorpions, Tim Rice, Judy Rothman, David Zippel
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