Beauty and the Beast (arr Parson)

From Wind Repertory Project
Alan Menken

Alan Menken (arr. Ted Parson)

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra and voice
Publisher: Marc Reift
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - CHF165.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Cornet/Trumpet (optional)
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle

Solo Voice (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beauty and the Beast (Tale as Old as Time) is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for the Disney animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991). The film's theme song, the Broadway-inspired ballad was first recorded by British-American actress Angela Lansbury in her role as the voice of the character Mrs. Potts, and essentially describes the relationship between its two main characters Belle and the Beast, specifically how the couple has learned to accept their differences and in turn change each other for the better. Additionally, the song's lyrics imply that the feeling of love is as timeless and ageless as a "tale as old as time".

Lansbury's rendition is heard during the famous ballroom sequence between Belle and the Beast, while a shortened chorale version plays in the closing scenes of the film, and the song's motif features frequently in other pieces of Menken's film score.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • Rancho Cordova (Calif.) River City Concert Band (Tom Seaton, conductor; Crystal Neher Evans, vocal) - 19 March 2023
  • Mehrzwecksaal der Landweitschaftsschule Ritzlhof – 14 November 2015

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