Alan Menken — the award-winning composer behind some of Disney’s most beloved songs — is that this 12 months’s recipient of the Max Steiner Film Music Lifetime Achievement Award.
The honor, bestowed by the City of Vienna and named for Austrian composer Max Steiner (who penned the scores of Gone With the Wind, Casablanca and extra), can be introduced to Menken throughout the Hollywood in Vienna gala live performance, an annual celebration based by Sandra Tomek. Menken will obtain his award in a ceremony on Oct. three following the gala live performance on the Vienna Concert Hall on Oct. 2.
“I’m actually honored to be receiving the celebrated Max Steiner Award this 12 months,” Menken stated in a press release. “And I really feel humbled to have my identify and work related to the good and legendary Max Steiner himself. The means his artistic life moved from theater to movie to the live performance stage, whilst his private life moved him from Austria to England, and from Broadway to Hollywood, is an inspiration for all of us who observe in his footsteps practically 50 years after his passing. And to obtain this award in Vienna, the classical music capitol of the world, guarantees to make this one of the highlights of my life and profession.”
Several of Menken’s contributions to the Disney canon have been chart hits: Aladdin‘s “A Whole New World” hit No. 1 on the . Hot 100 chart in 1993, Vanessa Williams’ recording of 1995’s “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas peaked at No. four on that very same chart, Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson’s Beauty and the Beast duet adopted when it reached No. 9 in 1992, and Michael Bolton’s rendition of “Go the Distance” from 1997’s Hercules rose to No. 27. He holds a veritable assortment of Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys and Tony awards, together with greatest authentic rating Oscars for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Aladdin (1992),
Menken finds himself in distinctive firm, as earlier honorees embody distinguished movie composers corresponding to Gabriel Yared, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and extra.