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Alan Menken
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Menken in 2013
Background information
Birth name Alan Irwin Menken
Born July 22, 1949 (1949-07-22) (age 71)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
  • Arranger
  • conductor
  • songwriter
  • music director
  • record producer
Years active 1972–present
  • Walt Disney

Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American composer, songwriter, music 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).

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