Alan Menken

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Alan Menken
Menken in 2013
Menken in 2013
Background information
Birth nameAlan Irwin Menken[1]
Born (1949-07-22) July 22, 1949 (age 73)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
  • Arranger
  • conductor
  • songwriter
  • music director
  • record producer
Years active1972–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Alan Irwin Menken[1] (born July 22, 1949) is an American composer, songwriter, conductor, music director and record producer. Menken is best known for his scores and songs for movies produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

His scores and songs for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995) have each won him two Academy Awards.

He also composed the scores and songs for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Newsies (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007) and Tangled (2010).

Influences[change | change source]

Menken stated music artists like Lehman Engel, The Rolling Stones, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, The Beach Boys, Jule Styne, The Beatles, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, George M. Cohan, Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers, Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith as influences.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alan Menken Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 13 August 2012.

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