Music Is An Identifying Characteristic Of Film And Television

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Music is an identifying characteristic of film and television; everyone who has been exposed to popular culture knows the theme for Star Wars and The Simpsons, even if they have never seen the movie or show. Disney movies are no exception, and this is largely due to the genius creative mind of Alan Menken. Menken is best known for composing the scores for some of the most beloved Disney classics, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Pocahontas, and Tangled. He also made his mark composing for highly acclaimed Broadway musicals, including Little Shop of Horrors and Newsies, as well as the stage adaptations of some of his Disney hits. The familiar songs composed by Menken are permanently ingrained in our minds and are largely responsible for the success of the films and theatrical works he was associated with. Alan Menken was born on July 22nd, 1949 in New York City. He grew up in New Rochelle, New York with his sisters, Faye and Leah. Menken’s family was heavily involved in the performing arts, setting the stage for his career at a young age. His mother, Judy Menken, was an aspiring actress and playwright; his father, Norman Menken was a dentist but played boogie-woogie and show tunes on the piano as a hobby. Alan Menken aspired to be a composer from a young age, but the men in his family typically became dentists and he felt that he was expected to continue this tradition. However, he did learn to play the piano, violin, and guitar as he

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