Disney Legend Alan Menken

Alan Menken and the Music of The Little Mermaid

Disney Legend Alan Menken has composed the music for scores of beloved Disney musicals, from Beauty and the Beast to Tangled,

. . . but Disney fans first came to know his work in 1989, when he and the late lyricist Howard Ashman wrote the music for The Little Mermaid. This year, The Little Mermaid celebrated its 25th anniversary, and with that came the release of Walt Disney Records’ The Legacy Collection The Little Mermaid album.

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In this new video, which Walt Disney Records wanted to share with D23 Members first, Alan shares the inspiration behind the score for The Little Mermaid, including where the inspiration for those tinkling piano keystrokes in “Part of Your World” came from.