Alan Menken's Major Accomplishments

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Alan Menken is a composer of Disney music. He has created many of the songs in cartoon movies that we love. He has had so much success in doing what his dream was ever since he was little. He has been composing music ever since the late 1970’s. Alan Menken was born July 22 1949, in New Rochelle; New York. Alan grew up as a child of the 60’s, dreaming of a career as a singer-songwriter. He was interested in music from an early age and studied both piano and violin in high school. Menken enrolled at New York University in 1967 where, for a time, he took premed courses in order to please his parents. His true passion won out, however, and Menken decided to pursue a musical career. Menken's first major professional work was with Ashman for the Off-Broadway 1979 WPA Theatre production of the play God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, an adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut novel. In 1983, Menken received the BMI Career Achievement Award for his body of work for musical theater, including Little Shop of Horrors, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Patch, Patch, Patch, and contributions to numerous revues including, Personals and Diamonds. Menken is best known, however, for his work over the past two decades with Walt Disney Pictures scoring numerous…show more content…
Menken and his wife, Janis, a former professional ballet dancer, reside in upstate New York with their two young children, Anna and Nora. Alan considers his greatest achievement and deepest satisfaction to be his enduring marriage to the love of his life, Janis and their two wonderful daughters. In 2010 he worked with lyricist Glenn Slater to create a cross between medieval music and 1960s folk rock on "Tangled". He also teamed with Glenn Slater to compose the music for Broadway s Sister Act

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